Cape Dutch Revival


If Herbert BAKER can take credit for a South African style it is certainly Cape Dutch Revival, an appreciation he developed under the sway of Rhodes' enthusiasm for the style. It was possibly made easier for him to assimilate the style since Queen Anne, with its distinctly Dutch origins, was fashionable in England at the time, and his affinity for the Arts and Crafts movement would have engendered in him an appreciation for the Cape vernacular. His 'restoration' of Groote Schuur for Rhodes was spurious, since later research has shown the original conversion of the barn to have been neo-classical in Georgian style. This did however lend official sanction to a style which was at the time in decay and the survival of those buildings done in the style under threat. BAKER's essay The origin of old Cape architecture coupled with Elliott's photographic record helped spur public awareness of and appreciation for the style. (Baker, H. 1900. The Origin of Cape Architecture. In Trotter, A. Old colonial houses of the Cape of Good Hope. London: Batsford ; Viney, G. 1987. Colonial Houses of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik-Winchester)

Buildings on this website in Cape Dutch Revival style

AGS - AFM Church: c1930. KwaNojoli (Somerset East), Eastern Cape
Albany Museum - Second: 1945. Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape
Barclays Bank - now First National: 1909 : 1940. Central, Paarl, Western Cape
Barclays Bank - now First National: n.d.. Southern, Paarl, Western Cape
Brook House: 1925. Brooklyn, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng
East London Harbour : Malan Memorial: n.d.. East London, Eastern Cape
Electrical Sub-Station: n.d.. Muizenberg, Western Cape
Gerrit Worstsaal: n.d.. Potchefstroom, North West
House CJ Rhodes: The Woolsack: 1900. Cape Town, Western Cape
House Dura - Die Eike: 1966. Alphen, Cape Town, Western Cape
House Elliot - 'Lindani': 1924. Mill Park, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
House HAC Becker, Monmouth, Paradise Estate: 1930. Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape
House Lipschitz - Noordhoek: 1938 : 1969. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng
House Mann: 1928. Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape
House PSM Arbuthnot - now Brook House: 1925. Brooklyn, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng
House TA Gardner: 1934. Muizenberg, Western Cape
House Wijers - River Meadow Manor: 1926. Irene, Gauteng
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1953. Mount Ayliff, Eastern Cape
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerksaal - Hall: 1891 : 1938. Philadelphia, Western Cape
NG Kerk Saal - Church Hall: 1926. Hopefield, Western Cape
Old Town Hall: n.d.. Alberton, Gauteng
Post Office: 1948. George, Western Cape
Post Office: 1938. Winburg, Free State
Railway Station: n.d.. George, Western Cape
Railway Station: 1936. Riversdale, Western Cape
Railway Station: 1929. Qonce (King William's Town), Eastern Cape
Railway Station: n.d.. Malmesbury, Western Cape
Railway Station - Second: 1918. Potchefstroom, North West
Richmond House - Cock's Castle - New: 2002. Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
Rust en Vrede: 1905. Muizenberg, Western Cape
Station: n.d.. Irene, Gauteng
Town Hall: 1910-1911. Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
Town Hall - Second: 1932-1933. Rustenburg, North West
University of Stellenbosch, Department of Education - Opvoedkunde-gebou: 1913. Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Victoria Hall: 1910-1911. Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
Village Hall and Library: 1923 : 1965. Irene, Gauteng
Voortrekker Museum (Previously Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Voortrekker Kerk / Geloftekerk - Church of the Vow): 1841 : 1861 : 1916. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Westlake Golf Club House: 1939. Cape Town, Western Cape