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Circle Court
Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Gauteng

OBEL and OBEL: Architect

Date:1934
Type:Flats
Status:Extant
Street:2 Bruce St (formerly on Clarendon Circle)

 


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Coordinates:
26°11'10.07" S 28°02'47.55" E Alt: 1789m

(SAB Jan 1934:46; RAU doc)

Cumming-George 1934

THE new building for Messrs. Circle Properties (Pty.) Ltd. will be one of the latest of Johannesburg's imposing modern blocks of self-contained flats — facing north-east on the south side of the Hill, overlooking Clarendon Circle.

The structure will reach to a height of 140 ft. (42.7 m) above ground and includes a basement over the whole area, as a garage to serve the flats above, a real benefit to motor car owners in these times of traffic congestion.

Counting the basement, the building consists of 12 storeys having frontage on three streets, allowing each flat to be supplied with ample lighting and ventilation. The design is carried out in the modern style, incorporating a novel idea of providing flower boxes in cast concrete to each flat.

The entrance hall will be most up-to-date and in keeping with the general harmony throughout. The hall will be walled with marble, chromiumplate fittings, and concealed lighting of a most ingenious nature, separate recesses for letter-box and rack, and public telephones. There will be two fast lifts installed capable of handling all the requirements of the building with no delay. The lifts will both serve the basement garage, so that motorists having parked their cars will be taken directly to their floor level without the trouble of leaving and re-entering the building.

These notes were last edited on 2021 12 13

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


Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 45