Magdalena Gertruide Sauer

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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.

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

Last updated : 08-Aug-2017

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