Leith, George Esslemont Gordon

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Leith, George Esslemont Gordon (1885–1965). Eminent South African architect working in the Classical language established in that country by Herbert Baker for whom he worked. He was assistant architect to the Imperial War Graves Commission (1918–20) in England before returning to South Africa where he set up his practice. His works include the Calais Southern War Cemetery, France (1918–20), the Central Railway Station, Johannesburg (1927–32), the Town Hall, Bloemfontein (1920–40), and the South-African Reserve Bank, Johannesburg (1938), all in a stripped Neo-Classical style derived partly from Scandinavia, reminiscent of Holden's work.

Bibliography

Placzek (ed.) (1982);
South African Are, xxxi (1946), 279–86;
Stamp (1977)