La Gratitude

Erf 13845 

Address

89 Dorp Street 

Date built

1798 

Use

Restaurant 

Style

Cape Dutch 

Architectual period

Cape Dutch  

Type of building

Residential 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

II 

Present NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1948) 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

November 2009 

Reference no.

4.1 

Description

"Originally H-shaped, thatched house with an early neo-classical gable, on which the ""all-seeing eye of the Lord"" appears above the name of the house. Below the gable, the 3x3 double door with intricate rectangular sunrise fanlight is flanked by pilasters and half-sashes. The 20x20 sashes have plaster surrounds and louvred half-shutters, and the facade is decorated with fluted pilasters between openings. Raised brick stoep. Neo-classical end gables.Gateway to left of house." 

History

"Built between 1795 and 1798 by the Rev. Meent Borcherds, minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Stellenbosch from 1786-1830. Borcherds was born in East Friesland and studied at the University of Groningen and the seminary at Lingen. He immigrated in 1785, aged 23, and moved to Stellenbosch from Cape Town the following year. He farmed the land running down to the river behind the house in order to supplement his income. After his death in 1832 it was owned for 2 years by his son, Hendrik Johannes, and until 1890 by his daughter Catherina Johanna, widow of Charles Smith of the Bengal Service (Sources: Oberholster and Fransen & Cook)" 

Alterations

Historical: barrel vaults over narrow side court; two wings added at back (making it appear a U-shape); extensions at both ends of the front (by Bill Winshaw c 1935) also front and west windows (Fransen & Cook). Converted to restaurant 2008 

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

1875 - 1899 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

91; 93; 95 Dorp St 

NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1948) 

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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