ABLEWIKI:Berea Park Club Hall
Considerable cultural heritage value and important landmark to the southern gateway of Pretoria.
Current known heritage status
Buildings older than 60 years are protected by Section 34(1) of the National Heritage Resource Act.
Known interested and affected parties
Pretoria Institute of Architects
University of Pretoria, Architecture department
Founders Primary and High School
South African Heritage and Resource Agency
Provincial Heritage Resource Authority of of Gauteng
Berea Football Club
Berea- Burgers Park Community Development Corporation
Tshwane Metro Council
The Berea Park Club hall forms part of the Berea Club - developed in 1897. In the same year, the first South African automobile was exhibited at the club. Berea Club consisted of the sport grounds between (currently) Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Van der Walt Street, but the slipway connecting these two streets split the grounds. After Berea Club was sold to the South African Transport Services in 1903, Railway staff used one of the first sport facilities in Pretoria.The club also offered a library, music room and bar to is members. The Southern clubhouse was built in 1907, while the northern club hall was added in 1926. The Berea Rugby Club was initiated in the same year. In the 1990s administrative offices and conference facilities occupied these two buildings. Founders Primary and High School was located in the clubhouse until a fire in April 2010 caused considerable damage to the building.
Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces
A bridge with timber frame windows connect the Southern Clubhouse the the Norhtern Club hall. The club hall is a three storey U-shaped building with galvanized steel sadle roof and gables. A portico serves as entrance to the hall's foyer.
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Tshombe, MX. 2007. 'Beyond function: Pretoria station interchange and civic space', MArch(Prof) thesis, University of Pretoria.
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