Magdalena Gertruide Sauer

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Architect

First name: 
Magdalena
Middle name: 
Gertruide
Last name: 
Sauer
Date of birth: 
06-May-1890
Location of birth: 
Kenilworth, Cape Town,South Africa
Date of death: 
10-October-1983

Magdalena, daughter of W. Sauer, Cabinet Minister, was the first woman to practice as a qualified architect in South Africa. She mainly practiced in South Africa, and was also interested in restoring and preserving old buildings.

Magdalena, together with a colleague, was responsible for restoring a section of the Malay Quarter in the Cape. She also transformed the Old Supreme Court in Adderley Street into the South African Cultural History Museum in the early 1960s.


References:
• E.J. Verwey (ed), New dictionary of South African biography. Pretoria, 1995, pp. 223-224

Last updated : 05-Jun-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011