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Company Gardens, Hothouse
Central Cape Town, Western Cape

Henry Carter GALPIN: Architect


The history of the hothouse in Cape Town's beautiful gardens dates back to the mid-nineteenth century when there was a competition arranged for designs for a suitable building, with a prize of £100. This was won by Henry Carter Galpin, a surveyor newly arrived from England. Later he moved to Grahamstown, became a jeweller, and built the famous Tower House with its camera obscura. The hothouses as they stand today have been considerably altered, and have lost some of their exterior decorations.

(Picton-Seymour 1977: 23)

The hothouse was still intact when inspected by Rennie in October 1977.

Writings about this entry

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 23
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 299 item 103.8