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Cape Dutch Houses and other Old Favourites (Hardcover)
Most are thatched, gabled and whitewashed: others are flat-roofed, double-storeyed and classically inspired. In this sumptuous historical and photographic record, Phillida Brooke Simons and Alain Proust explore 150 old houses, paying tribute to the architects and craftsmen who created them.
The historical architecture of the southwestern Cape has its own distinctive character. Generally known as 'Cape Dutch' and featuring ornate gables, thatched roofs and whitewashed walls, it is often set in magnificent surroundings that enhance its dignity and aesthetic appeal. Moreover, it forms part of a cultural heritage that is inextricably linked with the history of South Africa. A thoroughly researched and well-written text both informs and entertains, describing not only the physical features of the individual buildings, but also their histories and those of their owners. Eleven regions within the southwestern Cape are covered, from central Cape Town to the West Coast, and including Stellenbosch, Paarl and Worcester, among other towns. Each house is illustrated with at least one full-colour photograph, and often more. Certain subjects, such as the Castle in Cape Town, Stellenbosch's Village Museum complex and the Mamre Mission, are dealt with at length. And particularly characteristic areas, like the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town or the Bottelary region near Stellenbosch are also given special treatment.
|Chapter 1:||Cape Town|
|Chapter 2:||The Cape Peninsula|
|Chapter 3:||Hottentots Holland|
|Chapter 5:||Around Stellenbosch|
|Chapter 6:||Franschhoek and The Drakenstein Valley|
|Chapter 11:||The West Coast|