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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Groote Kerk
Pretoria, Gauteng

KRAAN and WYERS: Architect
Klaas (jnr) VAN RIJSSE: Architect

Date:1902-1906
Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church
Status:Extant


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25°44'43.81" S 28°11'06.72" E Alt: 1316m
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2015: also called Melodi ya Tshwane

In Julie 1903 is die hoeksteen van die nuwe kerk – die Grootkerk, soos dit algemeen bekendstaan – op die hoek van Bosman- en Vermeulenstraat deur genl. Louis Botha gelê en in die daaropvolgende jaar ingewy. Hierdie gebou het toe £25 000 gekos, insluitende orrel, banke ens. Ná 46 jaar van ononderbroke en getroue gebruik het die ou Grootkerk egter al ernstige tekens van verwering getoon, veral aan die steenwerk (buite) en die dak, sodat die kerkraad verplig was om hierdie geskiedkundige gebou geheel en al te hernu. Op 10 Junie 1950 is die hernude gebou – 'n werk wat nie onder £16 000 gekos het nie – vir die tweede keer plegtig ingewy.

(Morné van Rooyen, August 2015)

In July 1903, the cornerstone of the new church - the "Grootkerk" (Great Church), as it is commonly known - on the corner of Bosman and Vermeulen was laid by Gen. Louis Botha and inaugurated the following year. The building cost £25 000, including organ pews etc. After 46 years of continuous and faithful use the old "Grootkerk" showed all the signs of severe erosion, especially the brickwork (outside) and the roof, so the council was obliged to replace this historic building totally. On 10 June 1950 the renewed building - a work that cost in excess of £16,000 - was formally consecrated for the second time.

(Pretoriana Apr 1957:30, 31; S v d Stel Bull Oct 1963:58)

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

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 76, 199
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 92, 93 (ill.)
Hoevers, Jan. 2005. Van Kerke en Dorpe. Historiese vertellinge oor die oudste kerke en dorpe in Suid-Afrika. Centurion: Publiself Uitgewers. pg 101
Hoevers, Jan. 2012. Geskiedkundige kerke : 'n Gids tot 50 tradisionele kerke. Pretoria: Kontak-uitgewers. pg 13-14
Kesting, DP. 1978. Afrikaans Protestantse kerkbou : erfenis en uitdaging. Port Elizabeth: Unpublished PhD. pg 805
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 164