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DEVEREUX and SKINNER

Established: 1854

Architect


This was a partnership in Pretoria from c1854 between EL DEVEREUX, L DEVEREUX and W SKINNER. In collaboration with William Skinner, who is also said to have come to South Africa with the Devereux brother from England (Pretoriana no. 87:44-5). They built the first Dutch Reformed Church in Pretoria. The building was a simple rectangle, whitewashed and thatched with a stepped gable either end, on each step of which was a blunt finial. Apparently the initials DD & S with the date 1855 appeared on one gable; the windows appear to have been alternately round-headed and pointed; wings were added in 1865. Kesting says that the extensions were carried out by Skinner (Kesting 1978). The building was destroyed by fire in 1882.

(De Volkstem Oct 1904; Dunston 1975; Du Toit 1954; Eeufees-album 1954; Kesting 1978; Pretoriana no. 87, Apr 1985)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing DEVEREUX and SKINNER

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 164