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Railway Station - Third
Cape Town, Western Cape

Janos LENARD: Design Architect

Type:Railway Station
Style:International Style


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33°55'20.21" S 18°25'30.00" E Alt: 11m

This is the main Railway Station for Cape Town, it replaced the second Railway Station which was built in 1876.

The architects for the Cape Town station were father and son Alexander Stewart Cruickshank & Ian Grant Stewart Cruickshank, together with the Railway Administration's in-house architect Janos Lenard. The builder was Dura. Janos LENARD was personally responsible for the design as the Chief Architect of the in-house Building Services section in the Chief Civil Engineer’s Department of the then South African Railways and Harbours (SAR&H). The mosaics were designed by Samuel Jozua (Sam) FOURIE (1919-2012), artist in the designing section of the The South African Railways, with the help of Miss Hilary Coetzee. (See Hans R van der Woude's photos on Panoramio for source of information).

The precinct was upgraded in 2010. See Cape Town Station Redevelopment

Cape Town's new Railway Station, by Laurie Wale, published in Architect and Builder Magazine July 1968.

Before the Railways. Mosaics tell of leisurely days in Cape, published in The Star Johannesburg, Wednesday November 24 1965, page 28.

Transport history in mosaic. Cape Town retains link with the past, published in Rhodesia Railways Magazine of september 1966.

These notes were last edited on 2021 11 29

Writings about this entry

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 101