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Donkin Street Houses
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

Type:Terrace housing


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33°57'38.94" S 25°37'10.13" E Alt: 51m

Donkin Street Houses (no's 21 to 55, odd numbers inclusive) 1856 to 1880. Architect unknown. Style- Regency. The row of terrace houses stepping down the hill were constructed over a number of years with those on the lowest part of the hill being the oldest. The land had been made available by the infilling of the Kloof. Over the years a few of the houses were altered but remained largely intact, until they were restored and won a Herald Architectural Conservation award in 1984. Sadly they were sold in the late 1990s and were allowed to become rather dilapidated. In 2013 they were again restored but regrettably in a heavy handed manner that show little sympathy to the subtle Eastern Cape Regency detailing of the original. None the less the houses are one of the city’s primary landmarks. All of the houses have Heritage Site Status.
(Gerald Humphrey 2015)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.