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Walter Battiss Art Museum - Battiss Private Hotel - Old Officers' Mess
Somerset East, Eastern Cape

Date:c1815
Type:Museum
Status:Extant


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32°42'54.36" S 25°35'08.12" E Alt: 744m
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Originally an Officers' Mess, then the Battiss Private Hotel, and many years later was donated by Dr J C Vosloo and Ben Erasmus for the purposes of accommodating the Walter Battiss Art Museum.

Transcription of the National Monuments Council bronze plaque mounted on the facade:

OLD OFFICERS' MESS
THIS GEORGIAN BUILDING WAS ERECTED CA. 1815
BY LORD CHARLES SOMERSET FOR OFFICERS AND
MEN STATIONED ON THE EASTERN FRONTIER.
THE VICTORIAN VERANDAH WAS ADDED LATER.

Proclaimed 1981 Geproklameer

OU OFFISIERSMENASIE
HIERDIE GEORGIAANSE GEBOUIS CA. 1815 DEUR
LORD CHARLES SOMERSET OPGERIG AS MENASIE
VIR OFFISIERE EN MANSKAPPE WAT AAN DIE OOS-
GRENS GESTASIONEER WAS. DIE VICTORIAANSE
VERANDA IS LATER AANGEBRING.

National Monuments Council . Raad vir Nasionale Gedenkwaardighede

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)