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COX, Gurth Howard

Born: 1891 04 19
Died: 1947 11 10


Year registered: 1927

Was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel James Herbert Cox and was born in Cape Town but educated in Eastbourne, England and at Bedford Grammar School in England. It is not certain where he received his architectural training. When he registered with the Institute of South African Architects in 1927 his rank was a Lieutenant in the ROYAL ENGINEERS with whom he probably served during the First World War. By 1921 he was working in South Africa, his address c/o W WHITE-COOPER. He seems to have worked in Cape Town from 1921 until at least 1927. Cox lived in Pinelands at Uitvlugt, Cape Town: 'no. 3 Meadway was the first house to be occupied by its owner, Gurth Cox' (Contree Jul 1979:9) and was involved with the designs of several cottages in the Pinelands Garden City development over a period of years. He was in partnership with ED PICKFORD in Cape Town from about 1922 (cf PICKFORD & COX), the partnership was dissolved in 1925. Cox continued to practice in Cape Town until at least 1927. He moved several times, becoming the government architect for the Swaziland Administration (n.d.). He died in Mbabane in Swaziland.


Entry from South African Who's Who 1926:56

COX, Gurth Howard, Architect; b. 19th April, 1891; y.s.o.l. J. Herbert Cox, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., V.D., etc., and Mrs. Cox, of Pinelands; m. 18th Oct., 1919, Dora, y.d. of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Humby, of Southampton, England. Elected Fellow of the Cape Institute of Architects 1st May, 1922. Served overseas with the 1st S.A.I., and received a commission in the Welsh Fusiliers, and later in the Royal Engineers; 2 sons (Peter and Michael). Add., Gurth H Cox &. Pickford, 65, Burg Street Cape Town; 'phone 118 Central. Residence, "The Barn," Forest Drive, Pinelands; 'phone 767 Woodstock.

Submitted by William MARTINSON


ISAA 1927. (AB&E Sep 1925:9; ISAA mem list; SAWW, 1916, 1921/2, 1927-8)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

List of projects

With photographs
With notes

Cottage Hugo: 1927. Pinelands, Western Cape - Architect
Cottage, Pinelands: 1927. Pinelands, Western Cape - Architect
Cottage, Pinelands: 1927. Pinelands, Western Cape - Architect
Geo Findlay & Co bldg: 1934. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Holy Trinity Church - Belvidere: 1851-53. Knysna, Western Cape - Artist Duthie Memorial Window
Nevada Court: 1933. Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect

Books citing COX

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp C18

SAWW & Donaldson, K. 1926. South African Who's Who (Social and Business) 1925-1926 . Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. pp 56