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Approved Heritage Programs 


Advance Notice 

Heritage Program by Professor Matilda Burden

Dates Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April, 2019 


Professor Matilda Burden from the University of Stellenbosch is planning to run a "Certificate Program on the "Architectural Styles in the Southern Cape & Klein Karoo Region" in Oudtshoorn between 15 and 17 April, 2019.



The program is sponsored by Historical Homes in Stellenbosch and is open to the members of registered heritage bodies in the Southern Cape. It is also planned to use some of the material available in the brochure published by the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Southern Cape) in 2006 entitled, The Old New Amidst the Old: Building in the Klein Karoo"  and  compiled by Hans Fransen.  This material is available here


The program offered will specifically cover the architectural styles found in the Klein Karoo but will also look at other areas in order to provide an overview.  However, many of the towns in the Klein Karoo have retained an "old world charm" not found in the larger centers. This unique aspect will provide a better understanding of  the region so that participants are better able to identify important features requiring preservation.


A key practical objective of the program is to ensure that as far as possible developers and builders understand why any planned projects need to be carefully thought through in conjunction with their clients, in order to retain the very ambiance that brings prospective owners to this region.    


The Program will be run at O'Flinn's situated at the Dorpshuis Museum in High Street in Oudtshoorn from 15 to 17 April, 2019.   



Program on Architectural Styles Presented by Prof. Matilda Burden   

Cape Dutch, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian styles


Course Content


            General background of Western architecture

            Table of style periods


            Founding of Cape Dutch architecture

            The term ‘Cape Dutch’

                General characteristics of the Cape Dutch style, eg ground plans, construction of walls, fenestration and                       doors, roof construction

                Style characteristics as they appear in CD gables: Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical

                Various types of gables within the Cape Dutch style

                The significance of the Cape Dutch style

               Cape Dutch Revival style

                When revived? Why? Differences between original and revival style

                Significance of the Revival

                The naming of styles and style periods; the difference between the two


                Background: Georgian in England and other colonies

                Georgian in South Africa



                Roof profiles


                Background: Victorian in England and other colonies

                Victorian architecture in South Africa: how did it start here?

                Various manifestations of the Victorian architectural style in South Africa


                The Edwardian style as consequence of the Victorian style


           A contextualisation of the various styles in the history of styles, South African history and world  history in                  general



  • Although the presenter is not an expert on indigenous vernacular architecture, these styles are referred to in the Program
  • For further information call us at De Rust Heritage on 082 777 1519 or your own local heritage body.     


8 February, 2019