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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Bethlehem-Wes
Bethlehem, Free State

Hendrik Jacobus LOUW: Design Architect
LOUW and LOUW: Architect

Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church


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28°14'08.44" S 28°18'05.34" E Alt: 1656m

Cumming-George 1934

THIS building is rather striking in its columned front and campanile effect, generally detached from the main building, but here incorporated into it.

It is composed of sandstone foundation walls with brick above, plastered inside and out, with sandstone quoins, buttresses, string courses, dressings, wing walls and steps. The columns and pedestals are precast concrete.

The domed roof is of copper sheeting on deal boarding, with projecting rolls at eaves. The main roof is of the Mansard type, the raked part covered with Italian ridge and furrow tiles.

The tower holds bell and chimes, with clock on four faces, 6 ft. (1.83 m) in diameter.

The Church building comprises Church proper, front portico, front entrance porch, side porches and vestibule. Stair lobbies with stairs to galleries. Consistory, children's room, strong room, stairs to organ gallery. Gallery fronts, pulpit and rostrum and organ case in selected teak to detail drawings.

The floors are of pitch pine in church, red deal in consistory and children's room, with quarry tiles in porches and vestibules. In the body of the church the walls are teak panelled to a height of 7 feet (2.13 m).

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 98
Kesting, DP. 1978. Afrikaans Protestantse kerkbou : erfenis en uitdaging. Port Elizabeth: Unpublished PhD. pg 783
Menache, Philippe & David, Darryl Earl. 2015. Church tourism in South Africa : a travel odyssey. South Africa: Self-published by Philippe Menache and Darryl Earl David. pg 150
Menache, Philippe & Wolff, Helmut . 2021. die NG Kerk, ons erfenis : 'n fotoversameling van die argitektoniese skatte van 139 NG kerke in SA. Not identified: Not identified. pg 13