Johannes Gysbertus (Gijsbertus) KRAAN: Design Architect
Jacob Dirk VAN TILBURG: Contractor
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(cf ELLIS, TG) (SAB May 1923:19)
SJ Kitching states in his thesis from 1995: Die geskiedenis van ons eerste volksbank, 1918-1948 that the architect of the first purpose-built buidling for the Volksbank was Kraan: 'Terselfdetyd is daar besluit om 'n argitek van Pretoria, J.G. Kraan, te verzoek om planne vir sowel 'n enkel- as dubbelverdiepinggebou op te trek' (p. 188). The double-storey design for the building was contracted to J.D. van Tilburg and inaugurated in 1923. It stood on the corner of Parliament and Pretorius streets (site of the TPA building). This building was used by the bank for 7 years, by which time the bank had outgrown the premise. The Volksbank decided to sell the building in 1930, but had by then already in 1929 purchased an alternative stand for a new building.
(Nicholas Clarke February 2024)
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.
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