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Voortrek Street, No 132 - Historic House
Swellendam, Western Cape

Street:132 Voortrek Street

A house that is far more interesting than it looks at present. H-shaped in plan with narrow side-courts, its back is undoubtedly the original homestead of the property - a single row of rooms, built between 1798 and 1802. In 1844 the property was divided up, and from that time dates the addition of the front part of the H. The house is, despite its additions, structurally unspoilt. It has a charming semicircular fanlight over the front door, with pointed 'gothic' astragals, flanked on each side by two good mid-19th-century sashes with interior shutters.

[Fransen p460.]

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