October 2011 Talk

TOPIC: Churches and other Public Buildings
SPEAKER:Dr Hans Fransen
DATE: Tuesday, 18th October 2011
TIME: 19h45 for 20h00
VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Campground and Mariendahl Roads

The terms “public buildings” and “vernacular architecture” would, at first sight, seem to be contradictory.
With the latter, one tends to think of farm complexes, watermills, threshing floors and dovecots.

In our lecture programme aimed at discussing various aspects of our vernacular heritage, our former chairman and founder member Hans Fransen will try to detect whether vernacular elements can also be found in the churches and drostdy buildings erected at the Cape over two centuries.

His talk will be richly illustrated with examples, both still extant and since demolished.
Whether gaols can rightly be called “public buildings” he is still busy figuring out.

In terms of honouring his pioneering spirit, and in recognition of Hans’ life-long contributions in the cultural sphere, the directors of the FAK [Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings] will be conferring the Award for Extraordinary Cultural Services, at their annual FAK Prestige Evening in Centurion at then end of this month.
Hans has also been knighted by the Netherlands for his pioneering work and dedication to architecture: the fieldwork for his seminal book The Old Buildings of the Cape covers over 5 000 buildings, includes 700 photographs and required travelling 25 000 km by car and 5 000 km by bicycle.