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A tale of two phoenixes: the Colonial Building and its architect William Powell
18 Dec 2012
Stephen Coan

On 12 June 2009 the Colonial Building in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, one of the city's most impressive buildings and under renovation, went up in flames. It was later discovered that most of the damage was done to the renovated sections. Ironically, the danger of fire had been a major concern of the building's architect William Henry Powell when it was under construction in 1899.
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