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Walking Long Street

Walking Long Street

Walking Long Street introduces Cape Town's best-loved street with architectural and historical commentary and personal anecdotes from the 1950s.

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Title: Walking Long Street, Cape Town
Author: Desmond Martin
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781770075085 / ISBN 978-1-77007-508-5
Softcover, 24x32 cm, 112 pages, throughout water colour illustrations


Walking Long Street is an easy-reading layman’s guide to the ‘olde-worlde’ buildings of Cape Town’s famous Long Street. The author and illustrator, Dr. Desmond Martin, having lived at the YMCA, No. 44 Long Street, in his student days, returns with his pen and paintbrush to pay tribute to the charming Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco buildings that were part of his world in 1955. Anecdotes from his past are interwoven with the descriptions of more than 50 buildings, which can still be seen and admired in Long Street. If you are fascinated by the building styles of a bygone era, then this book is an essential companion for your walk up the city’s most exciting thoroughfare.


I lived in Long Street
Anecdotes from the 1950s
Walking Long Street - a few tips
About the watercolours
How has Long Street survived?
The buildings of Long Street below Strand
The buildings of Long Street between Strand and Wale
The buildings of Upper Long Street

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