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House CL Marais - Vredenhof
Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape

PARKER and FORSYTH: Architect

Status:Adaptive re-use
Street:Vredenhof Rd


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33°58'27.30" S 18°28'23.59" E Alt: 21m

Renamed as the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Sept 2016, in honour of the late South African visual artist (1929 – 2014). Formerly known as the Frank Joubert Art Centre (FJAC) which was named in 1943 in honour of Captain Frank Joubert, a veteran of World War I and an Administrator of the Cape. Understanding the healing capacity of art, he invested money in the Centre as a place for war veterans and young children to be creative. Art as a matric subject was offered at the FJAC, under the auspices of the Cape Education Department from the 1960's.

Initially housed at Rustenburg House, the FJAC moved to its present premises in Vredenhof in 1971. Vredenhof, which is now a National Monument, was designed by John Parker in 1907 for Christiaan Ludolf Marais and this beautiful building remained in the Marais family until 1953. After being the school building (1959 to 1964) and then the hostel of Groote Schuur High School, Vredenhof remained vacant for two years and was subsequently vandalised. After major restoration by the Cape Education Department, this building became the new home of FJAC.

(Morné van Rooyen, April 2015)


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