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House Galpin: Tower house, (now the Observatory Museum)
Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape

Henry Carter GALPIN: Architect
GOLDBLAT, YUILL and PARTNERS: Architect 1982 restoration

Date:1850 : 1982
1983SAIA Award of Merit
Street:Bathurst St


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33°18'35.83" S 26°31'45.45" E

Aka The Observatory built by Henry Carter Galpin houses the Camera Obscura. Galpin (owner and builder) helped to identify the first diamond discovered in South Africa (the Eureka). Proclaimed: 1980 03 07. Reproclaimed: 1992 06 04.

In 1982 the house was restored by GOLDBLAT, YUILL & PARTNERS for which they received a SAIA Award of Merit.

Writings about this entry

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 103-104 ill
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 113 ill