STREICHER, Nivard (Brother)Born: 1854 08 25
Died: 1927 02 26
Often referred to as Brother or Father Nivard, drew up the plans for the mission buildings for the community of the Trappist order at Mariannhill near Durban in Natal. According to Leeb du Toit (1984), it is common knowledge at the mission that Brother Nivard was assisted in this work by Brother Theobald Ebers (1859-1940) who was a mathematician and engineer and had worked as an engineer in the Krupp Engineering Works in Germany. Brother Nivard professed as a Trappist monk in 1882 and arrived in Natal on 12 July 1883. In Germany he had trained as a joiner, and was in the Bavarian Infantry in 1874. He became a master joiner in 1877. In South Africa he developed skills as an architect for the needs of the mission. He did not only use his skill for the mission but designed the waterworks at Kokstad and 'even the SAR Railway lines were designed by him' (Biog note, Reichenau Mission 1986); and erected a turbine and a mill, amongst other buildings, for Reichenau Mission near Underberg. He agreed to design the Church of St James at Highflats for the Walker family in exchange for quarrying rights belonging to the Walker farm, his assistant on this job was a stone mason Jean Baptiste. He assisted as architect to over twenty of the Mariannhill Missions.
(Brusse 1986; Pilkington 1992)
All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.
List of projects With photographs
|Centacov Trappist Mission Church: 1890. Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Centacov Trappist Mission Church (Second): 1913. Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|St James's Church: c1890. Highflats, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
Books citing STREICHER
|Leeb du Toit, JC. 1984. Beuron and Mariannhill. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA diss. University of Natal. pp |