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University of the Free State, Main Building
Bloemfontein, Free State

Frank TAYLOR: Architect

Date:1907-1909 : 2008
Client:University of the Free State

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29°06'38.07" S 26°11'11.10" E Alt: 1424m
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Refurbishment was done to the building by BJ BRITZ in 2008 assisted by Chrystal VAN BEUKERING

Award of Merit Citation for referbishment

The scheme opts for an intelligent combination of elegantly detailed and furnished individual offices and open plan which required drastic internal modifications done with circumspection in order that the lofty spatial qualities or preserved. The design eschews a blind reverence to the extant, inserting contemporary elements, finishes, services and furnishing resulting in a designed coherence of the disparate parts in a way that demonstrates an architectural response deemed meritorious.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Raman, Pattabi G and Olivier, Jako. 2009. Architecture of the third landscape : Award-winning buildings of the Free State. Bloemfontein: Exposure. pg 46-53
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 174