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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 4: Stellenbosch
Chapter 5: Around Stellenbosch
Chapter 6: Franschhoek and The Drakenstein Valley
Chapter 7: Paarl
Chapter 8: Wellington
Chapter 9: Tulbagh
Chapter 10: Worcester
Chapter 11: The West Coast
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Phillida Brooke Simons is a well-known historical researcher and writer whose strength lies in being able to give life to subjects long dead. Her lively style combines with carefully researched detail to evoke a time when Dutch was the language of the day, or when Cape Town's elite bowled down Adderley Street's cobbles in a horse and carriage. Her other works of note include: Nederburg: the First 200 Years; Old Mutual 1845 - 1995; Groote Schuur: Great Granary to Stately Home and The Life and Work of Charles Bell.


Alain Proust specializes in capturing the spirit of buildings, both inside and out. His individual style and perceptive eye have best been showcased so far in Colonial Houses of South Africa; Groote Schuur: Great Granary to Stately Home and Cape Wines, Body and Soul.

256 pages, hardcover with dustjacket, 240 x 170 mm (portrait), 225 full-colour photographs, 11 maps, 20 historical photographs

ISBN: 978 1 874950 47 9

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