A short introduction:
Mr. J.A. Foster, M.L.A. (1904), local Oudtshoorn attorney, asked Mr Bullock to design a
double storey manor house in 1902. The building was erected in the Tudor-Bethan style
with the lower level of local dressed sandstone and the top storey of burned bricks and
the inner walls of mesh - plastered panels by Mellville Brown Jnr. Across the central
section and at either end, are double-storied verandahs with cast-iron railings. The
gables are false - half timbering. The main features of the front elevation are the
flight of stone steps and encaustic tiling upon the floor of the front stoep. The window fan-lights
and door panels with the lily motif are of stained glass. In the hallway the 'dado' is of teak
panelling. A teak staircase with heavy lion-carved posters leads to the top storey.
The ceilings and dados are of geometrical papier mÂché pressed patterns. The Municipal
valuation in 1907 was £10,500.12.
In 1915 the Teachers' Training College was founded and in July, 1916 the building was hired for
£300 per annum from the Standard Bank out of the insolvent estate of Mr Foster.
The building was used for this purpose till 1924.
Later it was used as a Girls' Hostel for the Commercial School and as school offices.
In 1972 the building was evacuated and rapid decay is taking place. The school committee in
co-operation with the local Historical Society and members of the Foundation Simon van der Stel
have submitted a petition to the authorities for the conservation, restoration and declaration
of the building as a National Monument.
In 1973 the administrator temporarily placed the building on the declaration list.
A Wedding Ceremony at Foster's Folly - 20 September 1912
Hier is met geld gemors - 21 April 1950
Rus-in-Urbe gered - 23 September 1989
Brief aan Departement - Plaaslike Bestuur, Behuising en Werke - 16 Maart 1990
Die stryd teen die bewaring van die Foster-huis - 26 Mei 1990
Foster's Folly declared as National Monument - 17 May 1991
Foster's Folly aangewys as Nationale Monument - 17 Mei 1991
Article Date: 13 August 2004