Fonds BC1466 - Revel Fox Papers

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Revel Fox Papers


  • 1957-1998 (Creation)

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7 archival boxes

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Revel Fox was born in Durban on 20 September 1924, the son of Ivy Priscilla Ellis and Albert John Fox, a customs officer. His father was often transferred and Revel attended a number of schools including Rondebosch Boys High, matriculating at Durban Boys High School in c1940. He then registered as an architectural student at the University of Cape Town but after 18 months joined the wartime army and served in the Special Service Battalion in Italy. After the war he returned to studies at UCT, graduating BArch in 1948. He worked for three years in Zimbabwe and overseas in the Stockholm office of Anders Tengbom.
Returning to the Cape, he opened a practice in Worcester in 1953, soon going into partnership with his wife’s cousin George Krige. In 1957 he moved the practice to Cape Town and c1963 dissolved the partnership with Krige, practising on his own account before founding the firm of Revel Fox and Partners in c1969.
In 1969 he obtained his Master of Urban and Regional Planning, with distinction, from UCT
Buildings of this period include the “Fox Boxes” – houses for his father AJC Fox, Dr Ross, J Wilson, I Droomer in the Worcester area, and, in the Cape Peninsula for the Dean of Cape Town, V Giannelos, D la Cock, S Le Roux, B Robinson, P Vlok, A Fisher, P Faure, IR Scott and others. From this time Fox also undertook restoration and conservation work to a number of important historic buildings including Meerlust, Kanetvlei, Stellenbosch Rhenish Parsonage, Morgenster and others. Larger buildings included Esselen Park High School, UCT School of Ballet, UCT Faculty of Education, etc.
Very many of these buildings won awards of various kinds. Additionally, Fox himself was distinguished with awards and accolades: a Gold Medal from the SA Institute of Architects (1977), the National Monuments Council’s Gold Medal (1994), and the Order of the Baobab in silver from the South African Government (2005).
Fox was involved in architectural and heritage bodies. He belonged to the Cape Provincial Institute of Architects, serving as its President from 1973 to 1975.
From 1957, when he moved to Cape Town, Fox was associated with teaching at UCT’s School of Architecture besides being a visiting lecturer and examiner at other universities. He was involved with UCT in other ways, as Chair of the Council of the University of Cape Town in 1998 and 1999, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.
He died at the age of 79 in December 2004.

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