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A term used for the first vernacular structures of European settlers new to an area in South Africa employing traditional building materials and techniques, both of their own or of the local inhabitants (Lewcock, R. 1963. Chapter Eight. The Architecture of the 1820 Settlers. In Early nineteenth century architecture in South Africa. Cape Town Balkema; Labuschagne, E. 1998. From Trekboer to Builder. Pioneer builders: materials, traditions, techniques, types. In Fisher, R, le Roux, S & Maré, E. (Eds). Architecture of the Transvaal. Pretoria: Unisa)

See also Pioneer cottage.

Buildings on this website in Pioneer style

Bartlett Church: 1840. Campbell, Northern Cape
Church: n.d.. Campbell, Northern Cape
Corbelled Charcoal Kiln: C19. Salem, Eastern Cape
St Andrew's Anglican Church: 1882. Bedford, Eastern Cape
Voortrekker Church: 1851. Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga
Voortrekker Church - Restoration: 1977. Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga
Voortrekker School: 1851. Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga
Willemsrivier (old town, now Trekpad Guest Farm): 1840s?. Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape