Sasol Art Museum (Bloemhof School)

Erf 9045 

Address

Ryneveld Street 

Date built

1907 (gable) 

Use

Museum 

Style

Neo-Renaissance Classicism 

Architectual period

Edwardian  

Type of building

Educational 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

II 

Present NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1976) 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

November 2009 

Reference no.

25.01 

Description

"Double storey building with slate roof with central ventilation turret, and projecting wings with Dutch Renaissance gables at each end of facade. Walls are red-painted brickwork with profuse plaster decorations: quoins, rusticated window surrounds, pilaster gables, string courses and eaves decorations. Between the wings a single storey section forms a first floor balcony with precast balusters, and with arched windows opening onto it. The central entrance has a small gable and arched doorway with double doors flanked by double pilasters. Other windows are double timber casements with fanlights. The side has a turret and verandah with cast iron columns and brackets.Fine wrought iron fence with capped posts." 

History

"The Bloemhof Girls' Seminary was founded in 1875 by Rev Neethling, Prof Hofmeyr and other prominent citizens. It first occupied the Gymnasium with 46 pupils. Most of the teachers were from Mount Holyoke Seminary in the USA. The Seminary moved to Church Street in 1878, and to the present building in 1907. Although teaching was initially in English, Bloemhof High School is the oldest Afrikaans-medium girls' school in SA. The school has since moved to the southern side of the Eerste river." 

Alterations

Restored by Munnik Visser Black & Fish. 

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

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1976) 

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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