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House Everard
Waterkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng

COWIN, POWERS and ELLIS: Architect

Date:1929?
Client:Dr HNE Everard
Type:Homestead
Status:Unknown

Cumming-George 1933

THIS RESIDENCE is situated on the well-wooded slopes of the hill forming the southern boundary of Waterkloof.

The planning of the residence was governed by the comparatively steep gradient of the ground, which necessitated considerable excavations in order to avoid high foundations, and also to obtain a "nestling" effect to blend in with the landscape.

All the living and bedrooms are planned to obtain the benefit of the beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding country, and all the first floor rooms have access to the balconies which may be used, when required, for sleeping purposes.

The elevational treatment has been kept simple; reliance for effect being obtained by good proportioning of the window and door openings, a very wide and enclosed soffit to the eaves, and a little shaping to the parapets of the balconies. A useful adjunct, which also produces a pleasing effect and a greater appearance of length to the house is the rose pergola on the east side.

The garden is well laid out with walled and grass terraces, and special provision made by way of shelters, sand-pits, swings, etc., for the children.

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(SA Acad exhib 1929)

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. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 73