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Mary Kihn School for Hearing Impaired Children
Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape

Roman SOLTYNSKI: Architect



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33°56'27.17" S 18°28'29.54" E Alt: 6m

The Cape Education Department’s call for tenders for the building went out in 1966. The foundations were laid later that year on 16 September. The builder was Mr G A Cocks. Mrs Mary Kihn, a pioneer Scottish teacher for the deaf (both children and adults) in the Cape Province, unveiled the foundation stone in a ceremony on 2 Dec 1967. Classes had previously been held at Mowbray Primary School. Classes in the new school began in January 1968, and it was officially opened by the Superintendent-General of Education, Dr G J J Smit, on 9 Oct 1968.

The costs at the time were: Building R233 750, electrical installations R7 076, air conditioning R25 130, soundproof speech clinic room R3 220, hearing aids and service installations R10 765. Total R279 941.

Source: Mary Kihn School Facebook page

(Lila Komnick, November 2023)