He was born in Vlissingen, Netherlands, in 1863. Was listed as an architect practising in Pretoria in 1899.
Chief architect in the headquarters of the NZASM office in Pretoria. Probably designed 'Mea Vota' (now NZASM Memorial House), Rissik Street, Pretoria, for the NZASM Engineers, A WESTENBERG and C VAN DER MADE. Designed many of the NZASM stations including Heidelberg, Klerksdorp, Krugersdorp, Middleburg, Potchefstroom and Volksrust Railway Stations. (De Jong et al: 1989: 85, 137, 185). Not recorded after 1899 which suggests he left at the advent of the South African War or was deported with most of the NZASM employees by the British at their occupation of the ZAR in 1900.
He died in Rotterdam in 1947.
List of projects With photographs
Books citing VAN LISSA
|Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 113, 205-206|
|De Jong, RC, Van der Waal, GM. 1988. NZASM 100 : 1887-1899, the buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railway Company. Pretoria: C. Van Rensburg Publications on behalf of the Human Sciences Research Council. pp 85, 137, 185|
|Longland. 1979. Longland's Pretoria Directory for 1899 (Reprint No. 85). Pretoria: The State Library. pp 182|
|Walker, Michael. 2013. The pioneer architects of Johannesburg and their buildings (1886 - 1899) with postcard illustrations. St James: The Kalk Bay Historical Assosiation. pp 7, 22|