Fonds BC1435 - Max Polansky Architectural Drawings

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Max Polansky Architectural Drawings


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Max Policansky was born in Cape Town in 1909 and matriculated at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1927. In 1928 he worked for architect J Lonstein in Cape Town before attending the University of Cape Town School of Architecture in 1929. He continued his studies at the Liverpool School of Architecture from 1930 to 1933, graduating B Arch (Hons; design). While a student he worked for in Spain for the Madrid Municipality (1932) and after graduation for HTH Wijdeveld in Holland. He returned to South Africa in 1934, working in Johannesburg for JC Cooke and Cowin as an architectural design assistant for 4 months and for Kallenbach, Kennedy and Furner for 3 months. He undertook the interior design of a Cape Town jewelry shop in 1934 and opened his own practice in Cape Town in 1935.
His major pre-War schemes were CTC Bazaars in Plein Street, 1936, which he won in an open competition (later OK Bazaars); Judge Clothing Factory in Salt River, 1937, (later Queen’s Park); Cavalla Cigarette Factory in Salt River, 1938; Odeon Cinema and Thelma Court Flats, 1938. During the Second World War he closed his practice and worked for Cape Town City Council from 1941 to 1944. Post War projects included Invincible Furniture Factory at N’dabeni, 1945; Schoonder Street Synagogue, 1947; and many offices, shops, factories and houses.
His date of death has not yet been established.

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