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Public Library
Bloemfontein, Free State

JJ VAN VOORST: Architect
Elly HOLM: Artist

Date:1957
Client:Local Authority
Type:Library
Style:Tectonic ZA Wilhelmiens
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
29°06'55.46" S 26°13'14.36" E Alt: 1404m

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Understated building in garden setting. A restful, sun-shaded building suitable for its climate. Elly Holm has decorated the windowless wall of the lobby with bas-relief carved slate panels.

There is also a statue by Coert STEYNBERG of Johann Gutenberg in front of the building.

Transcript of plaque on wall behind statue:

JOHANN GUTENBERG
(1397-1468) BORN IN MAINZ GERMANY,
IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE FATHER
OF MODERN PRINTING. ABOUT 1454
HE ELABORATED THE IDEA OF
PRINTING FRON MOVABLE TYPE. THE
GREATEST SINGLE FACTOR TOWARDS
THE SPREAD OF LITERACY