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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
Calitzdorp, Western Cape

Wynand Hendrik LOUW: Architect
Johannes Egbertus VIXSEBOXSE: Project Architect

Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church


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33°31'51.64" S 21°41'17.72" E

In 1910 the Council of the Dutch Reformed Church of Calitzdorp invited designs for the erection of the present D.R. Church. The Church Council received 26 designs. Among the plans were a model and plans by SIMPSON & BRIDGMAN of Oudtshoorn (1910 - 1982). The final choice lay between the design plans of Mr. Wynand LOUW of Paarl and Mr. Watson HALL of Oudtshoorn. The plans of Mr. Watson Hall were selected by 18 to 10 votes. This choice unfortunately caused great dissatisfaction amongst the members of the Church. At a second meeting the plans of Mr. Louw in the Neo Renaissance-Byzantine style were accepted and Mr. J.P. Strydom of Calitzdorp appointed as contractor. Mr. J.E. Vixseboxse of Oudtshoorn was then appointed Architect in Charge by Mr. Louw. The Church building was inaugurated on the 26th April 1912.

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.

Writings about this entry

Ferreira, Naas. 1983. J.E. Vixseboxse 1836 - 1943. Restorica: Journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation , No 13, April. pp 35
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 497
Hoevers, Jan. 2005. Van Kerke en Dorpe. Historiese vertellinge oor die oudste kerke en dorpe in Suid-Afrika. Centurion: Publiself Uitgewers. pg 19
Kesting, DP. 1978. Afrikaans Protestantse kerkbou : erfenis en uitdaging. Port Elizabeth: Unpublished PhD. pg 785
Menache, Philippe & David, Darryl Earl. 2012. A Platteland Pilgrimage : 102 country churches of South Africa . South Africa: Booktown Richmond Press. pg 91