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Born: 1931 06 14
Died: 2017 12 11


Hans FRANSEN studied architecture in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he was born, and history of art at the University of South Africa. He settled in South Africa in 1955 and married Marie Anneen van Zyl in 1963. They have a daughter, Kari Longman.

Survey Assistant, Dept. of Water Affairs, Pretoria 1955-58.
Press and Cultural Affairs Assistant, French Embassy, Pretoria/Cape Town 1959-61.
Editorial assistant and proof reader, Die Burger 1959-61.
Acting Curator, Michaelis Collection (museum) 1962-64.
Curator of the Stellenbosch Museum 1965-69.
Curator of Groot Constantia 1970-1974.
Assistant Director, S.A. National Gallery 1975-1980.
Senior Lecturer History of Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg 1980-89. He obtained his PhD during this period; title of his thesis was Style periods in Cape architecture and decoration.
Director of Michaelis Collection 1990-2001.
From 2001 active as an author and heritage practitioner.

1984: Simon van der Stel Foundation - Heritage South Africa Gold Medal
1993: Cape Times Award for Conservation
2001: Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
2008: DPhil, honoris causa, from the University of Stellenbosch

Source: Stellenbosch Writers
(Submitted by Lila Komnick)


Books citing FRANSEN

Martin, Desmond. 2007. Walking Long Street. Cape Town: Struik. pp 17, 75

Books by FRANSEN

Fransen, Hans & Cook, Mary Alexander. 1965. The old houses of the Cape : a survey of the existing buildings in the traditional style of architecture of the Dutch-settled regions of the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town: AA Balkema

Fransen, Hans & Stellenbosch Museum. 1970. Die Kaapse stoel : The Cape chair. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch Museum

Fransen, Hans. 1972. Groot Constantia : its history and a description of its architecture and collection. Cape Town: SA Cultural Museum

Fransen, Hans. 1978. Guide to the Museums of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Galvin & Sales (Pty) Ltd, for the Southern African Museums Association

Fransen, Hans & Cook, Mary Alexander. 1980. The old houses of the Cape : A survey and description of old buildings in the Western Province .... Cape Town: AA Balkema

Fransen, Hans. 1982. Three centuries of South African art : fine art, architecture, applied arts. Johannesburg: AD Donker

Fransen, Hans. 1987. Classicism, baroque, rococo and neoclassicism at the Cape : an investigation into stylistic modes in the architecture and applied arts at the Cape of Good Hope 1652-1820. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished PhD Thesis : University of Natal

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers

Fransen, Hans. 2006. Old towns and villages of the Cape. A survey of the origin and development of towns, villages and hamlets at the Cape of Good Hope. With particular reference to their physical planning and historical landscape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball

Fransen, Hans & Simon van der Stel Foundation. 2006. The new amidst the old : building in the Klein Karoo : some thoughts about new architecture in the historically sensitive areas of the Klein Karoo. Oudtshoorn: Simon van der Stel Foundation

Fransen, Hans. 2014. Cape Baroque and the contribution of Anton Anreith. Stellenbosch: SUN Media (imprint RAP)

Entries in books by FRANSEN

Fransen, Hans. The 'Onder-Kouga' - an untouched treasure. In Festschrift in honour of O.J.O. Ferreira. 2010. Adamastor

Fransen, H. Golden Era of Cape Dutch architecture. In Preservation of old buildings and historic sites. 1966. Caltex Oil