Colony House

Erf 1289 

Address

2 Ryneveld Street cnr 178 Dorp Street 

Date built

1694 / mid-19th C joinery 

Use

Art Gallery 

Style

Cape Dutch 

Architectual period

Cape Dutch  

Type of building

Residential 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

II 

Present NHRA protection

Previous National Monument (1976) 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

December 2012 

Reference no.

10.01A 

Description

"T-shaped 5-bay house, once thatched, now with corrugated iron roof, covered front and end gables with fretted bargeboards, and louvred vents under the eaves. 6x6 sash in front gable and 15-pane casement in end gable. 12x12 Georgian sashes and 4x4 door with sunrise fanlight. All front windows have hood mouldings. Tiled stoep. Dorp St side has mid-19th C flat-roofed extension filling in the side of the original T, with 12x12 sashes with internal shutters, two panelled stable doors with 6-pane fanlights and a brick stoep." 

History

"One of the houses built by the College of Landdrost and Heemraden for the benefit of Stellenbosch, it was let in 1698 to Jean Prieur du Plessis and his wife Marie Buisset, ancestors of all the South African du Plessis. From 1700-1704 it was occupied by Rev Hercules van Loon, the first permanent minister of Stellenbosch, and was thus the first parsonage. The astronomer Peter Kolbe occupied the house while he was Secretary to the College of Landdrost and Heemraden from 1711-1713. Thereafter, until 1830 when Lord Charles Somerset abolished the system, it served as the official residence of all secretaries to the College of Landdrost and Heemraden. [Archaeological excavations found that only the foundations of the original house remaind. The present house therefore does not date from the late 17th century. ] It then became privately owned and was substantially altered. (Meiring & van Huyssteen)" 

Alterations

Historical: mid-19th C joinery and later 19th C roof alterations. 

Social History

 


Significance in terms of NHRA

 
Very
Significant
Significant
Some
Significance
No
Significance
Not
Assessed
Historical
 
 
 
 
 
Rarity
 
 
 
 
 
Aesthetical
 
 
 
 
 
Technological
 
 
 
 
 
Cultural
 
 
 
 
 
Social History
 
 
 
 
 
Slave History
 
 
 
 
 

Circa

1850 - 1874 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National Monument (1976) 

Environment

 

Sect 27.2 Is the building/site a Provinical Heritage Site?
 
Sect 27.3 Is the building/site a Previous National Monument?
 
Sect 28 Will any dev affect the prot or views of or from a Gr 1 or Gr 2 site?
 
Sect 34 Is the building/structure older than 60 years?
 
Sect 35 Is the site a declared archeological/palaeontological site?
 
Sect 36 Does the site contain any graves or is it a burial ground?
 
Sect 37 Does the site contain any public monuments or memorials?
 


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