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Customs House
Central, Cape Town, Western Cape

Anton ANREITH: Artist
Herman SCHUTTE: Contractor
Louis Michel THIBAULT: Architect
Herman SCHUTTE: Architect

Date:1814
Type:Customs House
Style:Mannered Neo Classical
Status:Extant
Street:Caledon Square, Cape Town


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33°55'36.55" S 18°25'29.26" E Alt: 15m
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Built to designs of LM Thibault, possibly modified by Schutte. The sculptured arms in the pediment were carried out by Anrieth. The date on the pediment is 1814.

Built as the Customs House it was later used as a Granary and in 1824 was converted to be the Caledon Square Police. It later housed the Public Works Department. In 2011 the building was being restored.


Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans & Cook, Mary Alexander. 1980. The old houses of the Cape : A survey and description of old buildings in the Western Province .... Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 46
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 91
Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa. London: Batsford. pg 40, Plate 18, Plate 19
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 337 item 109.1
Shorten, John R. 1963. Cape Town : A record of the Mother City from the earliest days to the present. Cape Town: JR Shorten in association with Shorten and Smith Publications. pg 98 ill.