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Constantia, Western Cape

Style:Cape Dutch


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34°00'44.23" S 18°27'06.74" E

The Alphen property was granted to Theunis van Schalkwyk in 1714. Alphen is a square double-storey manor house with a beautiful pediment and exceptional front door. It seems certain that Kirsten built the house in 1765 or a few years later as a double-storey. The remodeling of the house is ascribed to Pieter de Waal c1793.

(Fransen 2004:140; Richardson 2001:81)

Alphen is now a restaurant and guesthouse.

Writings about this entry

Dane, Philippa & Wallace, Sydney-Anne. 1981. The Great houses of Constantia. Cape Town: Don Nelson. pg 75-81; 82-88
Fairbridge, Dorothea. 1934. Gardens of South Africa : with some chapters on practical gardening under South African conditions and some notes on the cultivation of South African wild flowers. Cape Town: Maskew Millar . pg opp. 112
Hartdegen, Paddy. 1988. Our building heritage : an illustrated history. South Africa: Ryll's Pub. Co. on behalf of the National Development Fund for the Building Industry. pg 40
Hoefsloot, Ted (illustrations) & Pama, Cor (text). 1980. Cape Wine Homesteads. Johannesburg: AD Donker. pg 28 & 29 (ill)
Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa. London: Batsford. pg 25, 26, 43, Plate 37,
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1928. Old Cape Colony. A chronicle of her men and houses from 1652 to 1806. London: Selwyn & Blount. pg 278
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1900. Old colonial houses of the Cape of Good Hope : illustrated and described. London: B. T. Batsford. pg 14-15, Plate XXV
Fassler, J Plate 37. Alphen, Cape Town. The Entrance Door (D. H. Epstein mens, J. Fassler delt): in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 87