Burgers Park Curator's Cottage, 290 Jeff Masemola Street, Pretoria City Centre, Tshwane

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Date of origin
Previous names
'Tuinmanswoning' (1893)
Burgers Park Pretoria
290 Jeff Masemola (formerly Jacob Maré) Street
Magisterial district
South Africa
GPS coordinates
25°45'15.27"S, 28°11'32.73"E
Planning authority name
Pretoria Town Council
Project architect/Designer
Frans Van der Benn (municipal architect)
Commissioning owner
Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Current owner
Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Current occupant
Rented to Pretoria Community Ministries
Previous uses
Home of curator of garden
Current use
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[edit] Significance

The Park Curators Cottage is the prime example of Chalet Style Eclectic Wilhelmiens in South Africa. It hold historical, eastehtic and culturla significance. The building was originally intended as the cottage for the curator of the park. The cottage has strong Romantic Europen characteristics with many Art Nouveau details. The cottage makes strong refrence to the Erasmus Castel in Erasmuskloof which was also designed by the Dutch Architect Frans Van der Benn. The cottage forms part of Pretoria's heritage because of the syle it was built in, where it is situated and its history. 

[edit] Current known heritage status 

Subject to Section 34 of the NHRA (25 of 1999) because the structure is older than 60 years.

[edit] Known interested and affected parties

[edit] History

The current 1904 cottage replaced a previous cottage which was built in 1893 and designed by Sytze Wierda.This cottage was demolished and in 1904 this Van der Benn designed cottage was constructed. Van der Benn had just been re-instated as municipal architect after the hiatus caused by the Anglo Boer War.  There is a stong link in style (Chalet Styel or Stick Style with the more famous Erasmu Castle (located in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria). Leslie Simmonds, commissioned to design the Erasmus Castle subcontracted the work to Van Der Benn, hence the stylistic similarirty. Little has changed over the years except for an addition to the north-facing bedroom. The cottage was restored (R400 000) for its centenary, during which time  an electric geyser, flush toilet and new kitchen units were installed. The bath also received a fresh coat of enamel and the fireplace was restored to its former glory. Up until 1975 the cottage was still in the use of the curator of the park, but after it was rented out to workers of the City Council. Currently it is rented out to the Pretoria Community Ministries, who do community work in the area.

[edit] Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces

Eclectic Wilhelmiens cottage was built in the Chalet Style (known as Stick Style in the English speaking world) In its detialing it shows the transisiton to the Art Nouveau. This is exemplified by the quarter arch detailing over the main gable, arched supports on the veranda and half ended circled windows in the tower. The interior of the cottage has a very cosy feeling with Baltic Deal timber floors and ceilings, Oregon pine doors and sash windows. There is also a beautiful period fireplace inside the cottage 

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Hannes Meiring, Pretoria 125, Human & Rousseau(1980)
Africana Society/Vereniging Pretoria Yearbook/Jaarboek 2005 No.22

A walking tour through Pre<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1283231760221_977" />toria's historical pas<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1283231781733_831" />t- Andries street North to South, T.E.[TOM] Andrews(1985)

Plekke en geboue van Pretoria: n oorsig van hulle argitektoniese en stedelike belang vol.1, Schalk Le Roux (1990)

Krugers Pretoria (Vivien Allen). Buildings and personalities of the city in the ninteenth century.A.A Balken/ Capetown (1971) 

Groen blad van ons stad se geskiedenis.Elmarie meyer, Dep kultuur en rekreasie

Tshwane Beeld 09/02/2005

Tshwane Beeld 18/09/02

Be My Guest, May 1990

Be My Guest, November 1992

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