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C L MARAIS LIBRARY (1899) VICTORIA COLLEGE BUILDING (1886)
CROZIER HOUSE AND BERGVILLE WILGENHOF
 

C L MARAIS LIBRARY (1899)

Crozier Street

This ornate late Victorian building, together with its neighbour are the only surviving academic buildings of the original four on College Square, the first planned campus of the Victoria College - predecessor of the University of Stellenbosch. Contemporaneous, but less ornate, are the semi-detached dwellings dated 1896, and a stylistically similar but separate house, opposite the library at 16 - 26 Crozier Street. Instead of graceful gables, "corrugated iron architecture" contributes elegant verandas, embellished with cast-iron elements, fretted barge-boards, and often buxom bay-windows as well.
 

VICTORIA COLLEGE BUILDING (OU HOOFGEBOU) (1886)

Ryneveld Street

Erected as a "more dignified" commemoration of the town’s bicentenary in opposition to the planned "frivolous" town hall! Designed in the Greek Revival style by Carl Otto Hager as the first full scale academic building for the Stellenbosch College, which was renamed the Victoria College the following year in commemoration of the British Monarch’s golden jubilee.

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CROZIER HOUSE AND BERGVILLE

11 - 13 Victoria Street

These double-storey houses were erected to help alleviate the housing shortage of students circa 1900. Crozier House, with its wooden balustrades as focus, is certainly the more successful design.
 

WILGENHOF

c/o Victoria and Ryneveld Street

This is the first of many historical buildings that became students’ housing. Its oblique position reflects the direction of an old wagon road from the village some three centuries ago. In 1880 the homestead was converted into a double storey, later known as "Bachelors." After the Anglo-Boer War the outbuildings were consolidated and another storey was added, hence the nickname of "Bekfluitjie" ("mouth-organ"); a name that survives in the new three storey residence (1965).
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