Theological Seminary (Kweekskool)
Folkert Wilko HESSE: Architect
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The original designs were gorgeously exuberant, in the best Monte Carlo tradition. Baroque decorations were piled carelessly, one on top of another, up the centrepiece of this precisely symmetrical building; palm trees, replacing decayed Van der Stel oaks, added to the illusion of Mediterranean 'gilt plush'! The turreted mansard roofs were of fish-scaled slate and corrugated-iron, and there were double-storeyed verandahs of elaborate ironwork - composed of all the devices of the Victorian pre-fab mass-production age, strung together, resulting in a gay building for a serious purpose. 'This building has unfortunately been modernized in recent times and made ridiculous and hideous in appearance' [sic].
[Extracted and edited from Picton-Seymour, 1977:137]
(SAA&B May 1905:157)
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