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Runciman's Building
Simonstown, Western Cape

John PARKER: Architect 1898

Date:1800 : 1898
Street:St George


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34°11'35.84" S 18°25'50.13" E Alt: 19m

The existing imposing Victorian frontage was added in about 1898 to a building dating from circa 1800.

(Audrey Read, Simonstown Historical Society, 2019)

Originally built in 1785 by Jeremias Auret as a lodging house. At various times used as a private dwelling, bonded store, chandlers, warehouse. From 1860 the building housed the Post Office. Bought in 1898 by William Runciman who employed the architect John Parker to design the impressive Victorian façade to replace the Cape Dutch style frontage. It can be seen that this carries no name and is askew to the side walls. For many years the building housed a grocery, bottle store and chemist. There is believed to be little change in the fabric of the building since 1899. (PocketSights, submitted by Annelise Lange)