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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
Riversdale, Western Cape

William Musgrave HOPLEY: Architect
Joseph BARRY: Architect

Date:1838-1845
Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church
Status:Demolished

Radford (1979:178) notes Barry as the designer of the Riversdale Dutch Reformed Church (1838-45), 'his initials may be seen in the gable'. Gutsche (1970:76) states that Barry 'a good but opinionated churchman ... talked at length to Robert (Gray), particularly in regard to the needs of his people at Riversdale and Port Beaufort ... he wanted to build a church there and Robert gave him a plan. Lewcock (1963:444) states that WM Hopley was the designer.

The church was demolished in 1907 after an official farewell service.

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


Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 473
Gutsche, Thelma. 1970. The Bishop's Lady. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 76
Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 444
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838 1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 178