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Cenotaph
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Joseph Lockwood HALL: Architect

Date:1925
Type:Cenotaph
Status:Extant
Street:Market Square

 


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Coordinates:
26°12'16.30" S 28°02'24.37" E

Built to commemorate the men from Johannesburg who gave their lives in the First World War.

"The winning entry in the design competition for the Cenotaph, organised in 1925, was submitted by J Lockwood-Hall, whose design showed many resemblances to that of the London Cenotaph (1920) by Edwin Lutyens. While it is very tall and beautifully finished, the Cenotaph fails to impress. It is not sturdy enough to form a visual bond between the City Hall and the Library, and it does not stand out well enough against its immediate environment to make a powerful statement. Any kind of screen, such as a fence or hedge of shrubs, would have structured the space around the Cenotaph and given it an identity of its own." (van der Waal 1987:189)


Writings about this entry

van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 189