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Government House
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Arthur Edgar DAINTON: Architect 1901
Date:1832 : 1901
Type:Homestead
Style:Victorian
Status:Extant

Government House is a romantic-looking building with little of the formality usually associated with official residences. It was designed in the style of the collage orne, an English influence much favoured in Pietermaritzburg during the mid-19th century. For the most part Government House is built of neat but irregular stonework, with quoinings of cut stone. The many-gabled roof has richly coloured fish-scaled tiles edged with frilly white-painted bargeboarding. At the front entrance the stoep enlarges into a gabled porch, which stretches across the driveway so that carriages might draw up for shelter.

(Picton-Seymour, 1989: 139)


Writings about this entry

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pg 167
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 139