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Vredenhof
Paarl district, Western Cape

Louis Michel THIBAULT: Architect Attributed

Date:1800s
Type:Farmhouse
Style:Cape Dutch
Status:Extant

The land was occupied in 1792 and the farm granted in 1795. Previously a single storey H-Plan building (still discernible) enlarged to double storey. Masterfully crafted front door symmetrically flanked by traditional fenestration, being one half-width and two full-width each cottage-pane windows over both storeys with traditional external louvre shutters at ground floor. Internally the 'muurkaste' are from the residence 'Paarl Diamant' (demolished) which predates this building by fifteen years.

For further information on the measured drawings see Pearse Collection.


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 292 & 294
Elliot, Arthur (Photographer) Plate 102. [a] Vredenhof, Paarl. The Entrance Door [Photo]: in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 152
Hanson, N (Photographer) Plate 102. [b] Vredenhof, Paarl. The Front [Photo]: in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 152
McIntosh, W Gordon Plate 103. Vredenhof, Paarl. Measured Details (Measured at Paarl C.P. January 1928. Drawn by W. Gordon McIntosh July 1928): in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 153