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Carnegie Library - now Police Museum
Muizenberg, Western Cape

Norris Tynwald COWIN: Architect
John LYON: Architect

Street:186 Main Road


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34°6'38.5" S 18°28'1.1" E

Money donated by the Carnegie Library Foundation $7,800.

When the railway line reached Muizenberg in December 1882 and soon thereafter extended to Kalk Bay, travelling for holiday makers to the pleasant Muizenberg Beach and warmer waters of False Bay became much easier and relatively inexpensive because of the Cape Government Railways’ offering of ‘picnic special’ trips.

The Muizenberg Carnegie Library in Main Road between the bungalow ‘the Fort’ (now Casa Labia) and the Post Office was designed by architects N. T. (Norris) Cowin and John Lyon and the foundation stone laid in January 1909 by Mayor A. T. Rutter. The library was officially opened on 10 April 1910 by the Honourable (later Sir) Frederick de Waal.

Originally, the white-columned balcony was open to the elements, but later fronted with glass windows to provide additional internal space. Together with the adjacent Post Office building the complex now serves as a Police museum.

(SJ de Klerk for The Heritage Portal, Friday, September 24, 2021)