CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - The beautiful style




CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - FRANSCHHOEK

Many of the top Cape Dutch homes are located in Franschhoek We include here photos of the homes at La Dauphine, Boschendal, and L'Ormorins. The houses are very refined and great attention was lavished on the architectural detail, especially of the gables. Read more about the Cape Dutch architecture in this region of South Africa...



CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - STELLENBOSCH

Historical architecture, fine landscaping and great reastuarants are combined with stunning views of the Cape mountains. Click on the link to see more about the Cape Dutch architecture of Stellenbosch. Discover the Cape Dutch homes in this region of the Cape...





CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - BOTTELARY

This region of the Cape Winelands boasts some of the earliest Cape dutch homes. Many of the houses are in the baroque style which is characterised by elaborate curvy gables. Read more about the Cape Dutch architecture in this region of South Africa...



CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - SIMONSBERG

Simonsberg mountain is among the most beautiful in the Cape, and provides the perfect backdrop for some of the best Cape Dutch houses such as the manor home at Rustenberg wine farm. Discover more about the Cape Dutch architecture in this region of the Cape...



CAPE DUTCH HOUSES - HELDERBERG

Enjoy a day of wine tasting and sightseeing, while stopping at these historical architecture treasures. See this page for the top attractions of the Helderberg wine region, in terms of Cape Dutch sightseeing. Discover more about the Cape Dutch architecture in this region of the South Africa...



CAPE DUTCH ARCHITECTURE CHARACTERISTICS



The features that make the Cape Dutch Style unique are the simple plan layouts in rectangular, h or u shaped plans. The fenestration and doors are laid out symmetrically and formally. Usually the windows are of the sliding sash type. A typical facade would have a central doorway with a fanlight averhead. This would be flanked by two narrow windows either side. In turn there would be a group of either two or three windows placed symmetrically on either arm. The roof would be made of thatch and laid at 45 degrees with parapet gable ends. The central gable above the door usually has a small window in it. The gable is sculpted into a curvilinear shape, and the design of the gable becomes a type of finger print for the individual Cape Dutch house. The walls are always painted white, and this makes the architecture stand out from its surroundings.




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