Cape Town Railway Station with mosaics on the wall, built in 1964, in Adderley Street. The architects for the Cape Town station were father and son Alexander Stewart Cruickshank & Ian Grant Stewart Cruickshank, together with the Railway Administration's in-house architect Janos Lenard. Alexander Stewart Cruickshank was the designer of a few Art Deco buildings in Sea Point like the Baredna flat (Avenue Francaise), and he also designed the Tiger Oats Factory in Maitland (1 Product Street).

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Hans R. van der Woud… on September 7, 2013

On this postcard is written: A view of the Railway Station indicating it's ultra-modern design and structure.

Hans R. van der Woud… on September 7, 2013

At the right the ABSA House (10 floors), 2 Adderley Street.

Hans R. van der Woud… on September 19, 2013

The mosaics are designed by Samuel Jozua (Sam) Fourie (1919-2012), artist in the designing section of the The South African Railways, with the help of Miss Hilary Coetzee.

Samuel Jozua (Sam) Fourie was born in 1919 on a farm near Addo, about 60 miles from Port Elisabeth, next to the Addo Game reserve. He worked for the South African Railways for almost 46 years until his retirement in 1979. He died in an old age home in Knysna 2012 October.

Lit.: Before the Railways. Mosaics tell of leisurely days in Cape, published in The Star Johannesburg, wednesday november 24 1965, page 28.

Lit.: Transport history in mosaic. Cape Town retains link with the past, published in Rhodesia Railways Magazine of september 1966.

Lit.: Sam Fourie, een van die grotes, tijdschrift Spore, juli/augustus 1989.

Hans R. van der Woud… on September 19, 2013

Janos Lenard was personally responsible for the design. He was the Chief Architect of the in-house Building Services section in the Chief Civil Engineer’s Department of the then South African Railways and Harbours (SAR&H). SAR&H was renamed ‘SA Transport Services’ in the 1980s then renamed ‘Transnet’ in April 1990. He returned to Hungary from Johannesburg approx 10 years ago.

Hans R. van der Woud… on September 19, 2013

Lit.: Cape Town's new Railway Station, by Laurie Wale, published in Architect and Builder Magazine July 1968.

Hans R. van der Woud… on September 19, 2013

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Hans R. van der Woude
Heerlen, Amsterdam, Zuidlaren

Photo taken in Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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