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Table Mountain Restaurant
Cape Town, Western Cape

Lancelot Andrew ELSWORTH: Design Architect



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33°57'29.09" S 18°24'11.35" E

Cumming-George 1933

IT MAY BE queried whether anywhere else could one find a more picturesque or more soundly constructed building than the restaurant at the top of Table Mountain.

Constructed of blue Mountain stone cut in rough blocks with crow-stepped gables and a steeply sloping roof of shingles, it is a building that has weathered in a delightful manner.

The four bays which jut out on each corner have their windows deep set between solid buttresses of stone. The wide lower terrace is a fine piece of constructional work, for a big plateau of rock has been levelled and laid out in crazy paving and protected by a dwarf wall. The great retaining wall to the building consists of huge boulders and rough blocks of mountain stone and is like the ramparts of some mediaeval stronghold. Behind this is the upper terrace and the main building of the restaurant.

The interior is designed on baronial lines with a great open fireplace of stone, having high windows almost at the level of the eaves, — a feature constantly seen in the great halls of manor houses of the sixteenth century. The open timber roof has great cross beams supported on stone brackets, and stone lintels surmount each door.

The kitchen premises are all electrical, and there is a great ice refrigerator which is large enough to occupy almost one room. A big urn boils the water electrically and toast is done in a few seconds. The immense oven is controlled by an electrical clock, and there are storage rooms in the rear of the building.

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

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 87 ill, 88, 89 ill
Walker, Michael. 2012. Early architects of Cape Town and their buildings (1820 - 1926) with postcard illustrations, The. St James: Michael Walker. pg 110-112