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Court House - now Local History Museum
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Peter PATERSON: Architect

Date:1865
Type:Court Buildings
Status:Extant


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29°51'30.01" S 31°01'39.32" E
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C FREEMAN was Clerk of Works

Now a museum.

Wording on National Monuments plaque:

OLD COURT HOUSE
THIS BUILDING WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AS A COURT
HOUSE BY THE COLONIAL ENGINEER, PETER PATERSON,
AND OPENED ON 24 MAY 1866. THE NORTH WING WAS
ADDED IN 1891 AND THE SOUTH WING IN 1897. DURING THE
ZULU WAR OF 1879, WHEN DURBAN APPEARED TO BE IN
DANGER OF ATTACK, IT WAS TEMPORARILY LOOP-HOLED.
IT WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE DURBAN CORPORATION IN
1910 AND HAS HOUSED THE LOCAL CULTURAL HISTORY
MUSEUM SINCE 1965.
National Monuments council
HIERDIE GEBOU IS OORSPRONKLIK AS 'N HOFGEBOU DEUR
DIE KOLONIALE INGENIEUR, PETER PATERSON, ONTWERP EN
OP 24 MEI 1866 AMPTELIK GEOPEN. DIE NOORDVLEVEL IS
IN 1891 EN DIE SUIDVLEVEL IN 1897 AANGEBOU. GEDURENDE
DIE ZOELOE-OORLOG VAN 1879, TOE DIE MOONTLIKE AANVAL
OP DURBAN GEVREES IS, IS SKIETGATE AANGEBRING. DIT
IS IN 1910 DEUR DIE DURBANSE MUNISIPALITEIT BEKOM EN
HUISVES SEDERT 1965 DIE PLAASLIKE KULTUURHISTORIESE MUSEUM.
Raad vir Nasionale Gedenkwaardighede

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

Fisher, Roger & Clarke, Nicholas. 2014. Architectural Guide : South Africa. Berlin: DOM Publishers. pg 57
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 105
Hartdegen, Paddy. 1988. Our building heritage : an illustrated history. South Africa: Ryll's Pub. Co. on behalf of the National Development Fund for the Building Industry. pg 71
Kearney, Brian. 1973. Architecture in Natal from 1824 1893. Cape Town: Balkema. pg 139
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 237