NZASM Workshop and Store, Thabo Sehume Street and Railway Road, Pretoria Ext 15, Tshwane

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Condition Reasonable
Date of origin c. 1895
Previous names None
Place Pretoria Ext. 15
Street Between 596 Thabo Sehume (formerly Andries) Street and 88 Railway Street
Town Pretoria
Magisterial district City of Tshwane
Province Gauteng
Country South Africa
GPS coordinates 25° 45' 37.8504" S, 28° 11' 30.375"E
Planning authority name City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Architect/Firm NZASM Draughting Office
Project architect/Designer Unknown
Commissioning owner NZASM
Current owner Transnet
Current occupant None
Previous uses Magazine and offices for South African Railways; offices for Transnet
Current use Vacant
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[edit] Significance

This building was originally erected as a workshop and store room to replace the previous corrugated iron buildings used by the old station. It is a prime example of South African station buildings in the early 20th century before British occupation and serves as a remnant of the NZASM endeavor.

[edit] Current known heritage status

The building is subject to Section 34 of the National Heritage Resources Act (No. 25 of 1999) as it is older than 60 years.

[edit] Known interested and affected parties

[edit] History

One of the most important objectives of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek at the end of the 19th century was to establish a rail link with non-British controlled harbours. This was achieved by the newly constructed eastern line from Pretoria to Delagoa Bay (today Maputo) which was under Portuguese control. The commission of the building of the line went to the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (NZASM) which was established on 21 June 1887. After several delays, work on the Oosterlyn started in 1890. The workshop and storeroom, by all indications, replaced corrugated iron buildings in the early 20th century and have been in use by the South African Railways ever since.

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

Located in a complex between Railway and Thabo Sehume/Andries Streets, this large single-storey building is orientated on a north-south axis. Situated very close to Railway Street the front of the premises consists only of a paved parking lot. Two large wooden doors open directly onto this parking lot together with large wood-framed windows. One small service door, hidden behind a stepped corner pilaster, opens up to the southern side. Two small straight-gabled dormer windows open towards the street side. The roof of the main street-side structure consists of a corrugated-iron gabled roof and a lower corrugated-iron hipped-roof structure folding around the back. Foundations consist of reticulated stone in mortar, and at the back small wooden doors lead directly to the basement. The rest of the compound consists of a collection of separate buildings.

[edit] Links

[edit] Sources

DE JONG, R.C., V.D. WAAL, G.M., & HEYDENRYCH, D.H. 1988. NZASM 100: The buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railroad Company. Pretoria: Chris van Rensburg Publications. 
LE ROUX, S. & BOTES, N. (eds.) 1993. Plekke en geboue van Pretoria, vol. 1. Pretoria: Stadsraad van Pretoria.
DE JONG, R.C. 1985. The NZASM in and around Pretoria: a visual record. Pretoriana, vol. 87, pp. 48-50.

DE JONG, R.C. 1985. Herinneringe aan die NZASM in en om Pretoria. Pretoriana, vol. 91, pp. 8-20.

[edit] Photo's

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