Rhenish Mission Church

Erf 668 

Address

The Braak 

Date built

1823; front wing 1840 

Use

Church 

Style

Cape Dutch 

Architectual period

Cape Dutch  

Type of building

Religious 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

II 

Present NHRA protection

Previous "National monument (1963, and pulpit 1948)" 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

November 2009 

Reference no.

13.04 

Description

"Thatched church in the shape of an incomplete T. The earlier part parallel to the Braak has pedimented gables with pilasters and straight sloping sides, and rusticated corner pilasters. The gable of the front wing has a winged pediment, curly sides, fluted pilasters and vases. The 3x3 door has a half-round small pane fanlight and a pilastered surround. 15x15 casements with arched small pane fanlights and simple plaster surrounds.Wrought iron fence with capped posts; double-arched bell-tower with fluted pilasters and ""ball"" vases." 

History

"""Het Stellenbosche Meedewerkende Zendelings Genootschap"" was formed in 1801 with MJ Bakker as the first missionary. In 1822 he was replaced by Erasmus Smit and the land on the Braak was acquired from the Stellenbosch Turf Club. The original small rectangular church was completed in 1823 and inaugurated the following year, the opening sermon delivered by Rev Meent Borcherds of the DR Church. The congregation was transferred to the Rhenish Mission Society in 1829 with Rev D Luckoff as its first minister. As the church became too small, in 1839 the gallery was added and the vestry incorporated into the church. The front wing was added in 1840 and inaugurated by Rev TJ Herold. The bell-tower, built c1920, was designed by the Town Clerk W Blerch. (Oberholster and Fransen & Cook)" 

Alterations

See History. At the time of first publication of Fransen & Cook (1965) the church had a corrugated iron roof. 

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

1900 - 1909 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

669 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous "National monument (1963, and pulpit 1948)" 

Environment

Part of historic Braak precinct. 

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?