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Standard Bank
Central Cape Town, Western Cape

Charles AS FREEMAN: Architect
BLACK and FAGG: Architect

Date:1881 : 1897 : 1919
Client:Standard Bank


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33°55'24.24" S 18°25'19.50" E

Designed by CAS FREEMAN in 1881 it was extensively altered by BLACK & FAGG in 1919.

Awarded CPIA Bronze Medal for 1931 (SAB Apr 1933:88; Rennie 1978b:208)

(SAB Nov 1923:21; SAB Oct 1927:51; SAB Jan 1928:49; SAB Jan 1930:31; Oberholster 1982:1-7)

Longstanding city centre-piece much extended and modified. Ground and 4 floors, with central facade dome surmounted by Brittania.

Facade : set back from street boundary. Cast-iron railed forecourt (Yates and Haywood Co., Rotherham). Fine four columned projecting pedimented portico. Granite base and plaster upper work with extensive applied ornament, pre-cast and plastered decoration, window surrounds, cornices etc. Fine cornice with pre-cast modillions, teak large pane sashes. Initial building, 2 storey front by architect Charles FREEMAN, built c1880. Visible on Pocock panorama c1884. Refer Picton-Seymour, p70. Building now 4 storeys high. Upper floors : basic architectural detail carried through with slightly plainer detailing. Building also extended towards rear of site. (Note granite base changes to plastered imitation). Major extensions and alterations, architects BLACK and FAGG c1921. Unrivalled Victorian top lit main banking hall, teak, brass, black and white marble, bronze war memorials, lofty colonnades etc.

The original 2 storeyed building occupied the front half of the site, the second half was built in 1897 with Charles still the architect.

(Rennie et al 1978:165-6)

This branch of Standard Bank closed on 31 December 2011, and has been standing empty since then. It still belongs to Standard Bank and all the interior fittings are intact (2021).

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.

Books that reference Standard Bank

Amphlett, George Thomas. 1914. History of the Standard Bank of South Africa ltd., 1862-1913. Glasgow: Printed by R. Maclehose. pg
Cole, DI. 2002. The building stones of Cape Town : a geological walking tour. Cape Town: Council for Geoscience. pg 27-28
Crump, Alan & Van Niekerk, Raymund. 1988. Public sculptures & reliefs Cape Town. Cape Town: Clifton Publications. pg 28
Parker, Howard. 2015. John Parker, 1866-1921 : architect and mayor of Cape Town. Wellington, New Zealand: Howard Parker. pg 6, 21 ill
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838-1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 115
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 165-166 item 58.3