Dutch Reformed Mother Church

Erf 1357 

Address

Drostdy Street 

Date built

1717-1723; 1814; 1863 

Use

Church 

Style

Gothic Revival 

Architectual period

Victorian  

Type of building

Religious 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

Present NHRA protection

Previous National Monument (1975) 

Zoning

Residential Zone I 

Date of survey

November 2009 

Reference no.

9.02 

Description

"Cruciform church in the Gothic Revival style with buttresses, pinnacles, pointed-arch windows, pointed arch doors, several decorations in the form of trefoils, and a fine tower with clocks on three faces. See also History.Wall around the churchyard, dating in parts from early 18th C. Gabled burial vaults, including those of two ministers: Meent Borcherds and TS Herold (a rare Egyptian Revival vault of structure dated 1857)." 

History

"The first church was destroyed by fire in 1710. A simple, thatched cruciform church (similar to the one in Tulbagh) was built on the present site in 1717-1723. It soon proved too small, and in 1814 all 4 wings were extended and the front gable remodelled; the builder was DG Steyn of Somerset West. In 1863 it was again enlarged (and given its Gothic appearance) by Carl Otto Hager. He heightened the side wings and added pinnacles and corner buttresses to the gables; lengthened, heightened and added the side aisles to the front wing, added the tower and also probably designed the neo-Gothic pulpit. (Fransen & Cook)" 

Alterations

See history. 

Social History

 


Significance in terms of NHRA

 
Very
Significant
Significant
Some
Significance
No
Significance
Not
Assessed
Historical
 
 
 
 
 
Rarity
 
 
 
 
 
Aesthetical
 
 
 
 
 
Technological
 
 
 
 
 
Cultural
 
 
 
 
 
Social History
 
 
 
 
 
Slave History
 
 
 
 
 

Circa

 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National Monument (1975) 

Environment

Focus of the Church St axis. 

Sect 27.2 Is the building/site a Provinical Heritage Site?
 
Sect 27.3 Is the building/site a Previous National Monument?
 
Sect 28 Will any dev affect the prot or views of or from a Gr 1 or Gr 2 site?
 
Sect 34 Is the building/structure older than 60 years?
 
Sect 35 Is the site a declared archeological/palaeontological site?
 
Sect 36 Does the site contain any graves or is it a burial ground?
 
Sect 37 Does the site contain any public monuments or memorials?
 


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