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SAUER, Magdalena Gertruide (Magda)

Born: 1890 05 06
Died: 1983 10 10

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 364
Year registered: 1927

Worked in Cape Town. She was the daughter and second child of Jacobus Wilhelmus Sauer, politician and cabinet minister, and his wife Mary Cloete and sister of Paul Oliver Sauer, born in Kenilworth and and raised there, when parliament was in session, and on the farm 'Uitkyk' in Stellenbosch. She matriculated from the Bloemhof High School in Stellenbosch, winning the Queen Victoria Memorial Prize in 1906. She enrolled for and studied at the South African College (University of Cape Town) in 1907, graduating in 1911 with a bachelor of Arts (Science) in 1911, majoring in mathematics, physics and dynamics. She later decided to turn to architecture and worked as a trainee with Gordon PILKINGTON. She realised a proper professional qualification was needed and so went to the Architectural Association in London in the 1920s. She returned to South Africa in 1927 and registered with the Institute of Architects on 1927 12 19. By 1927 her married name was Strömsöe, after being briefly married to the Norwegian engineer, STRÖMSÖE, responsible for building the Table Mountain Cableway, by whom she had one daughter Karin STRÖMSÖE, later artist and children's book illustrator. She practised mainly in domestic architecture and had a keen interest in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings. She was responsible, as her last architectural assignment, for the alterations and adaptations of the Old Supreme Court building into a Museum. she also had many contemporary local artists as friends as well as writing as art critic for the local newspaper, Die Burger. Although currently her work requires further research, the few domestic buildings known to have been designed by her show that she adopted to the Cape Dutch style of architecture, perhaps at the request of her clients. The Mann house by her (1928) is typical of this style, owing in part to a tradition re-established in the Cape by Baker and his partners. She retired in 1965.

ISAA 1928. (ISAA mem list; SAAR Apr 1934:108)

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

Books citing SAUER

Immelman, René Ferdinand Malan & Quinn, Gerald Dennis. 1968. The Preservation and restoration of historic buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 18 & figures 27, 35

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 96, 210

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 100, 175

Verwey, EJ. 1995. New Dictionary of South African Biography. Volume 1. Pretoria: HSRC. pp 223-224

Chapters in books by SAUER

Sauer, Magda. Irma Stern: in sa [1959?]. Our Art: pp 103

Chapters in books citing SAUER

Schneewind, W. Cultural History Museum, South African: in 1971. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 3 Cal-Dev: pp 524

Anonymous. SAUER, Magdalena Getruide (Magda): in 1995. New Dictionary of South African Biography. Volume 1: pp 223