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PAYENS, Eduard Hebertus Antonio

Born: 1899 12 01
Died: 1979

Architect


Active in the Free State and Lesotho. Born in the Netherlands where he lived in Rysbergen with a large family. It is not yet known where he studied architecture. When qualified he went to the Americas with is brothers to see the wild west. Next he worked in Venezuela with Shell Oil Company for 7 years. In 1935 he married and the following year, with baby in arms, came to South Africa, in his words "to escape the war looming". Arrived in Bloemfontein where he worked in a private capacity till he died in 1979. During that time he worked extensively with the Roman Catholic missions, designing churches, schools and other buildings. In 1960 he designed the Catholic Cathedral in Bloemfontein. Prior to that he was involved with the building of Maseru Catholic Cathedral. All over the Orange Free Sate (as it was) are many church buildings he created. He was a very independent perfectionist who could not stand shoddy work and very insistent that any such work be redone. He also painted and sketched, also Spain where he took his daughter when sh turned 21, most of his time spent on street corners in Grenade, Saville etc, sketching the ancient buildings. [Information supplied in personal email exchange between his daughter Paula Chipps (nee Payens) and Shelagh Nation (nee Nicholson) 2018 04 24].