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Fidel Castro Building

Identification

Fidel Castro Building
C.R. Swart Building
Fidel Castro building
FSPG
Free State Provincial Government Building I
180453

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
brutalism

Usages

governmental office restaurant
restaurant

Facts

  • This building features a revolving restaurant on the top floor.
  • The building was initially named after the first State President of the Republic of South Africa (after the Union of South Africa gained complete independence from Great Britain in 1961). The name was changed to Fidel Castro Building in 2015 to honor the late President of Cuba.
  • The building was constructed to house the Provincial Administration of the then Orange Free State and has retained this Government use, currently housing some departments of the Free State provincial government.
  • A large electronic board displays the time and ground temperature on the outside of the building.
  • This building was constructed in addition to the Sand du Plessis and André Huguenet theatre complexes, with the three buildings occupying an entire city block.
  • The C.R. Swart Building is the tallest office complex in the city of Bloemfontein.

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Location

Merriam Makeba St 55
9301
Bloemfontein
Free State
South Africa

Technical Data

320.82 ft
26
1980

Involved Companies

Witthuhn & Maree

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • State/province landmark
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