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Drostdy - Museum
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

Louis Michel THIBAULT: Architect

Date:1804-1816
Type:Drostdy
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°46'09.92" S 25°24'15.96" E Alt: 71m

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Owing to the great difficulty in availability of skilled craftsmen and labour the building was slow, and in execution much altered, hence difficult to establish the original design intention. Part of it was originally flat-roofed, but by 1821 it is depicted as thatched. In 1829 it was re-roofed in pan-tiles manufactured in Port Elizabeth. The gable is probably of a later period. It is speculated that Thibault provided the design at the same time that he did those for Graaff-Reinet and Tulbagh.


Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 526-527
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 222
Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 73
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 102
Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1971. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 4 Dev-For. Cape Town: Nasou. pg 92-93
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 45