Government Printing Works

Constructed in the mid 1890's and standing as an example of Flemish Renaissance Revival architecture, with an asymmetrical design and simple detailing, this building by Sytze Wopkes Wierda is quite different from other Governmental buildings and was used for printing every-day items for use by the Government. It was later taken over for use by the South African Police Service.

Sytze Wopkes Wierda
Sytze Wierda was born in the Netherlands and was renowned as the first Government Architect and Engineer for the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Over the fourteen years of working for the government, he and his team developed the Republican Style (also known as Eclectic Wilhelmiens), designing numerous significant buildings. His exact town of birth is disputed and even his architectural education is unclear, though it is known that he was originally schooled to be a carpenter. The suburb Wierdapark is named after him.

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