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Government Building - Compol Police Museum
Pretoria, Gauteng

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
Sytze Wopkes WIERDA: Design Architect

Date:c1890
Type:Government Buildings
Status:Extant
Street:Pretorius Street


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25°44'53.38" S 28°11'12.44" E
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This was originally the Government Buildings, later Compol when taken over by the Police.

Very French in design, this pleasing building would have seemed more at home on a Paris boulevard than facing onto the dust and mud of a street in the days of the old Transvaal Republic. Rising from a heavily rusticated base pierced only by the round-topped windows of the ground floor, the upper floors were of rose red brick with ochry stone dressings; the various mouldings were vaguely Greek: key pattern, acanthus and anthemion. Originally there were canopied folding canvas sunblinds that projected over the windows, a touch of continental gaiety once shared by quite a few Pretoria buildings before the advent of air-conditioning.

(Picton-Seymour, 1977: 278)

The building was restored in the early 1990s by the husband and wife team Enla and Jaco MINNAAR.

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 43, 78
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 278 ill