Types Of Houses Cape Dutch House

Cape Dutch House

Cape Dutch Cape Dutch house are found in the Western capes of South Africa. This style was famous in the early 17th century in Cape Colony. The name was derived from the fact that the early settler in the Cape Colony was the Dutch. This style has impacts of medieval Holland, Germany, France and Indonesia.

These houses have a distinctive and recognisable design. The houses were usually H shaped, with front section flanked by two wings running perpendicular to it. The walls are whitewashed and the roofs are thatched. These houses are usually grand and ornamentally decorated which are common in Towns of Amsterdam built in Dutch Style.

Most Cape Dutch buildings in Cape Town have been lost to modern developments, particularly due to high-rises in the City Bowl during the 1960s. But, the Cape Dutch tradition can still be seen in many of the farmhouses of the Wine Route, and historical towns such as Stellenbosch, Swellendam, Tulbagh and Graaff-Reinet.

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