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Conniston - Paulsen House
Swellendam, Western Cape

Date:1822
Client:Christoffel Hendric Paulsen
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant
Street:21 Van Oudtshoorn Road

 


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Coordinates:
34°00'59.17" S 20°26'55.05" E Alt: 152m

A rectangular house with a 'contracted H-plan', built in 1822 by Christoffel Hendrik Paulsen, a schoolteacher, no relation of the Paulsen who built the back part of the Auld House. It has late-straight gables and a kitchen at the left back corner. In c1970 it was bought by Historical Homes of SA. Its roof had been replaced with iron. Later, a heavy rain storm brought die right-hand end crashing down. In the course of restoration the fact became clear that the house had been extended on that side, probably c1855. Curiously, it was the later wall that collapsed. A dormer gable came to light in the back wall, on the old true centre. The house has now been restored and rethatched, and is an object lesson to those who possess old but ill-treated houses. It is now comfortable as well as beautiful.

[Fransen 2004:458.]


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 458