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La Gratitude
Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Style:Cape Dutch
Street:28 Dorp Street


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33°56'21.95" S 18°51'26.77" E Alt: 109m

La Gratitude is a famed homestead completed in 1798 by the Rev Meent Borcherds, gentle and scholarly minister of the Dutch Reformed Church. It was in gratitude for the bountiful crops of wine grapes yielded by his lands which swept down to the Eerste River, that Borcherds named his house La Gratitude. High above the intricate fanlight of the front door, the pilastered gable is imprinted with the all-seeing eye of the Lord, which watched over the Borcherds family for over a century.

(Picton-Seymour, 1989: 66)

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 180, 181 ill
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 29
Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 40-42
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 66
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 146
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1928. Old Cape Colony. A chronicle of her men and houses from 1652 to 1806. London: Selwyn & Blount. pg 170
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1900. Old colonial houses of the Cape of Good Hope : illustrated and described. London: B. T. Batsford. pg 13, Plate XV