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MULLER, JH

Born: fl. 1890

Architect


A Dutch architect working in Bloemfontein around 1890, MULLER was notoriously short-tempered and not afraid to speak his mind, his behaviour is better documented than his buildings. He was the first architect in the Orange Free State to produce and use concrete bricks, the architect of the first concrete building in the Orange Free State, according to Schoeman (1982:69). But whether he actually had a practice there is not known. His name was first mentioned as acting supervisor of JE VIXSEBOXSE's post office building in Bloemfontein (1890). He is known to have made detailed drawings of bridges over the Bloemspruit river. After only a few months with the authorities, he was dismissed by E THIANGE who then re-appointed him to oversee the building of the bridge over the Kromellemboogspruit; he was asked to resign again in 1898 and F Lennox CANNING was appointed in his place by the town council in 1892 which he had abused in a letter, likening them 'to a team of asses, who had been elevated to the position of horses' (see Schoeman 1982:104). MULLER won a prize in an Eisteddfod for 'a perfect repetoire of architectural and engineering drawings' (Schoeman 1982:103).

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 MULLER

Schoeman, Karel. 1982. Vrystaatse erfenis : Bouwerk en geboue in die 19de eeu. Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. pp 69, 103, 104