- 1800-1948 (Creation)
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Was born in London, England and educated in London by private tutors. He studied under Professor Beresford Pite and JB Fulton, attended the School of Building at Brixton in London and was articled to William Lockwood, FRIBA, MRSI in London. He worked in various London offices before coming to Cape Town in 1922 or 1924. He set up practice on his own account in Cape Town before entering into partnership between 1942 and 1944 with FK KENDALL, having worked in association with Kendall on St George's Grammar School in the 1930s. The partnership lasted until Kendall's death in 1948, after which Earle continued the practice under the same style until 1969. An important architectural archive, the Kendall & Earle Gift, containing many designs relating to the work of Kendall, Baker, Masey and others and covering about sixty years' activity was donated by the firm to the University of Cape Town Libraries.
Earle had many interests; he was a member of the Guild of Cape Town Architects, the Heraldry Society of South Africa, the South African Association of Arts, the South African Genealogical Society, the South African National Society, the Seven Arts Club and the Simon van der Stel Foundation. He was made a life member of the Institute of South African Architects in 1964 and died in Cape Town where his address was latterly Waterside, Peninsula Road at Zeekoevlei, Cape Town.
(Baker, Kendall & Earle Gift BC 206 (see index to Gift); Johnson 1987; Master of Supreme Court, Deceased Estates (CT) 1082/71) Publ: Franklin Kaye Kendall, DSAB IV:272
All truncated references not cited and linked below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.
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Specifications, quantity schedules and correspondence refer ring to several hundred buildings in the Cape Province planned by the firm of Baker and Masey, with which Sir Herbert Baker was connected (1892-1910), and its successor firms, incl. the S.A. National Gallery, Rhodes University, St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town, Groote Schuur, "Welgelegen" in Mowbray.
Correspondence by Sir Herbert Baker's firm; also the private correspondence of FK Kendall (1921-1944).
Three early 19th century sketch-books by Hermann Schutte, an early 19th century Cape Town builder.
Drawings by some 21 architects incl. Sir Herbert Baker (1862-1946), Charles Freeman (ca. 1833-1911), Franklin Kaye Kendall (1870-1948), Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944).
About 550 sets of drawings. Some major projects incl.: St. Peter's Home, Grahamstown (153); National Bank, Stutterheim (72); Rhodes University, various blocks and buildings (ca.825 sheets); "Niet Voorbij", Stellenbosch, house for overseer (63); Carnarvon School (40); Messrs. Lloyds & Co., Cape Town (51); St. Andrew's Church, The Strand (42); St. Barnabas Church, Cape Town (73); "Schoongezicht" (later "Lanzerac") for Mrs English, Stellenbosch (48); St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown (46); Louis Botha Memorial, Cape Town (78); St. Paul's Church, Rondebosch (59); Missions to Seamen Institute, Cape Town (61); Princess Christian Home, Mowbray, Cape (65); Hiddingh Hall (60) and other plans for the S.A. College (47); "Rustenberg", Stellenbosch, for R Stuttaford (191).
12 albums of photographs, some books and a variety of pamphlets, pictures, sketches, etc.