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Wilhelmine

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A style term after Wilhelm II (1859-1942) German emperor and ninth King of Prussia. It is the northern European contemporary of Victorian/ Edwardian and what we have here given the neologism ‘Wilhelmiens’ to its Dutch equivalent. The style found expression in southern Africa in the works by German missionaries and Namibia, when still the German Colony of Sudwestafrika (1885-1915), particularly in Windhoek and Swartkopmund

Examples on this site:
Lutheran Mission Church, Bethanie Mission Station, - Church, Botsabelo
Moravian Mission Church, Genadendal - Second

[See: Peters, W. 1981. Baukuns in Sudwestafrika 1884-1914. Windhoek: Namibia Scientific Society; Peters, W. 1995. 'Grundlager des Staedtebau in Namibia' in Heine, P & Van Der Heyden, V. Studies zur Geschichte des deutchen Kolonialismus in Afrika. Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus. pp429-452; Peters, W. 1998. German interlude. Swakopmund, Namibia: nurturing the vestiges of the Wilhelmine Era. SA Architect Nov: pp 34-9.]

Buildings on this website in Wilhelmine style