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House Mr Hartford
Paarl, Western Cape

Thain Davidson Parker FORSYTH: Architect



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33°45'47.79" S 18°57'38.45" E Alt: 140m

Cumming-George 1933

THIS is a house built for the big open spaces of the country. It also represents both externally and internally, the conditions governing domestic life as lived in large towns which remain largely agricultural.

It is a fine picturesque homestead on the main road to Paarl. Standing on an elevated site, its thatched roof and broad stoep, its sleeping porches and arched loggias are accentuated by the curved wall of the stoep built of stone.

Internally there are many interesting features. The hall is panelled with Douglas fir, waxed and polished. The floors are of parquetry and the ceilings beamed. The walls throughout are treated with high texture plaster in different shades.

In the lounge, the walls are blue and gold, and a fireplace of mosaic tiles m green, blue and purple with touches of gold. A study at the back of the house opens to a paved loggia. Here the fireplace is made up of stones brought from the river bed nearby, and the massive lintel is of an old oak tree removed from the site.

The bedrooms are all fitted with built-in wardrobes with white tiled recesses between them for hand-basin and mirror. The bathroom is white tiled with a separate shower recess in the corner.

The kitchen premises are up-to-date with built-in cabinets which open to corridor as well as kitchen. It has white tiled walls and quarry-tiled floor.

The fine garage is below the enclosed yard where servants' rooms, bathroom, washing and ironing rooms are grouped.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 128-129