Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
George WALLIS: Architect
Carl Otto HAGER: Architect
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On 17 September 1860 the Building Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church in Oudtshoorn accepted the design plans of George WALLIS (Snr.) for the erection of the new sandstone church in the neo-Gothic style. Mr Joseph BLAKE was appointed Clerk of Works and John Thomas COOPER as foreman of the stonemasons. The corner-stone was laid in 1861. Work at the Church was abandoned on 5 October 1863 consequent to an argument between the Building Committee and the Architect.
In 1865 the work at the church was resumed under the supervision of John T. COOPER. In December 1865, work came to a halt due to lack of finances as Oudtshoorn district was in the grip of a severe drought. In 1875 the new Building Committee decided to obtain the services of master builder and architect Otto HAGER of Cape Town. A proposal by John COOPER to the Building Committee in September 1876 to let five stonemasons and a sawyer come from England to speed up the work was accepted. The local sandstone was of such high quality that even the decorative flower designs could be carved out of it. (Municipal Grounds-Cango Cave road.) For his good services he received a formal note of thanks from the Building Committee at the inauguration of the Church on 7 June 1879.
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