"Old Main Building (Old Victoria College), University of Stellenbosch"

Erf 4140 

Address

Ryneveld Street 

Date built

1880 (cornerstone) 

Use

University 

Style

Classical Revival 

Architectual period

Late Victorian  

Type of building

Educational 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

II 

Present NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1973) 

Zoning

University 

Date of survey

November 2009 

Reference no.

23.01B 

Description

"Double storey courtyard building with crenellated cornice, moulded string course between storeys and full-height pilasters with compiled capitals (Ionian and Corinthian) at corners and between bays. 2x2 sashes, with hood mouldings to upper floor. Central 5-bay section projects and is higher, with a pediment (with double dentils on inside of cornice) topped with rampant lions supporting the arms of the college, tall arched windows with flower-shaped fanlights and hood mouldings, and compiled columns between each bay. It has a 3-bay portico on compiled columns, forming a balustraded balcony. Arched windows and doors to ground floor entrance.The building is free-standing in gardens, with a wrought iron fence and moulded ball-capped posts around the square (erected 1901)." 

History

"The block later known as College Square was purchased by Rev JH Neethling, secretary of the College Board, for 300 pounds. Funds raised for the building, which was designed by Carl Otto Hager, were matched by the Colonial government. The foundation stone was laid by Sir George Strachan, Acting Governor of the Cape. The Stellenbosh College began to occupy the building in 1883, but it was not completed until 1886. The same year the Stellenbosch College Cadet Corps donated the fountain in the quadrangle. The college was renamed Victoria College the following year, retaining the name until it was taken over by the University in 1918." 

Alterations

"Additions, 1964." 

Social History

 


Significance in terms of NHRA

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

Circa

1875 - 1899 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1973) 

Environment

 

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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