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African Banking Corporation
Cape Town, Western Cape

George Murray ALEXANDER: Architect alterations 1893
REID, AH and W: Architect alterations 1900
BAKER and MASEY: Architect alterations 1906
BAKER and KENDALL: Architect alterations 1912

Date:n.d. : 1893 : 1900 : 1906 : 1912
Client:African Banking Corporation
Type:Bank
Status:Demolished c1929
Street:Adderley Street (between church and Wale Streets)

The City of Cape Town's Heritage Building Plans Register (2013) lists several plans for the Adderley Street ABC building:
1893 : alterations (architect : G.M. Alexander) (Pryce-Lewis list item 2 716)
1900 : alterations and additions (architects : A. & W. Reid)
1906 : alterations (architects : Baker & Masey)

(Pryce-Lewis list 7 937).


1912 : additions (architects : Baker & Kendall).

As the earliest listed plan is for alterations, it may be that the bank bought an existing building and re-modeled it. The photo of the bank in Dennis Edwards & Co's The Cape Town Guide (1897), shows a 2-storey building. Picton-Seymour (1977 : 54) has a later photo of the building with a third storey. Standard Bank, which had taken over the ABC in 1920, demolished this building c1929 and replaced it with the Standard Bank building, which still stands.

(Submitted by Arthur Radburn)


Books that reference African Banking Corporation

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 54