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Vergelegen for Sir Lionel Phillips, restoration
Somerset West, Western Cape

Joseph Michael SOLOMON: Architect
Charles Percival WALGATE: Architect
RENNIE and GODDARD ARCHITECTS: Restoration Architects 1993

Date:1700 : 1917 : 1993
Client:Sir Lionel Phillips
Style:Cape Dutch


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34°04'35.19" S 18°53'23.70" E

This is the restoration of the original house built in 1700.

1917 The property is bought by randlord Sir Lionel Phillips and Lady Phillips. Restoration was commenced by JM SOLOMON who committed suicide while busy with commission after which it was taken over by CP WALGATE. Read more

1941 June. The property is bought on auction by the Barlow family after the deaths of Sir Lionel and Lady Phillips. Read more

1987 The property is bought by Anglo-American. Read more

[Fransen Hans, 2004. A guide to the old buildings of the Cape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp, 246-8. Vergelegen website.]

For further information on the measured drawings see Pearse Collection.

(SAAR Dec 1926:100; SA Archt Jan 1940:379)

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.

Writings about this entry

Baker, Herbert. 1944. Architecture & personalities. London: Country Life. pg 54
Gutsche, Thelma. 1966. No Ordinary Woman: The life and times of Florence Phillips. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 151, 186, 342, 343, 347, 352, 357, 358 et seq., 394, 397
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1900. Old colonial houses of the Cape of Good Hope : illustrated and described. London: B. T. Batsford. pg 10-11, Plate V
Viney, Graham with Proust, Alain (Photography). 1987. Colonial houses of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik-Winchester. pg 21-31