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WA Ritchie-Fallon (1884–1962)

Entry 58
Cape Town, South Africa

Born in England, Ritchie-Fallon travelled to South Africa in his teens and served an apprenticeship with Cape Town architect Edward Simpkin. He returned to England for formal architecture training in London. By 1910 he was back in Cape Town, in private practice, designing schools, hostels and hospitals for the provincial administration and other buildings. In 1922 and 1929 he was president of the Cape Institute of Architects. And he was vice-president of the South African Institute of Architects.

Ritchie-Fallon’s design places all major buildings north of the river. Parliament is snuggled tightly up against the slopes of Black Mountain. A major avenue leads southeast to the city hall square. This square is in the centre of a series of concentric circular streets.

 
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