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African Homes Trust Building
Cape Town, Western Cape

PARKER and FORSYTH: Architect

Status:Demolished c1979
Street:24 Castle St

Home to an industrial life insurer as well as assurer and home loans company established in the Cape Colony in 1898 and operating throughout the main centers of Union after 1910 including Kimberley, Oudtshoorn, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein. The main offices are styled as a typical stripped Edwardian Neo-classicism with retrained urbanity and minimum of decorative features which include a forced perspective arched entrance alcove, cornice on consoles above third floor and a mannered stylized neo-baroque moulded gable cornice on consoles with squared parapet gable behind.

(PSB:214; SAWW 2020:253)

Later the Guardian Savings Bank Building and the Trident Building. It was still intact when inspected by Rennie in Feb 1978.

One of several buildings demolished to make way for the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel, others including Electricity House and Parker's Buildings.

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 African Homes Trust Building

Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 103 item 50.30