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House MoerdijkGerard Leendert Pieter MOERDYK: Architect
Forest Town, Johannesburg, Gauteng
|Street:||29 Durris Road|
A circular blue ceramic plaque has been jointly erected by the Egoli Foundation and the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust on the street boundary wall. A transcription of the text is provided below:
JOHANNESBURG ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY
1890 – 1958
Moerdijk studied architecture in Europe before opening a practice
in Johannesburg in 1918. Married the same year, he designed this
house and lived here from 1919 until he moved to Pretoria in 1924.
Using local materials where possible, the design incorporates different
gables and many types of wood finishes in the spirit of the Arts and
Crafts tradition. He became highly influential as a leading Afrikaans
architect, committed to developing a style of architecture appropriate
and peculiar to South Africa. He designed numerous important
buildings including the Johannesburg Station (with Gordon
Leith), the Voortrekker Monument, Libertas and more
than eighty Dutch Reformed Churches
throughout South Africa.
Submitted by William MARTINSON.
(NM) (Van Bart 1990)
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.