Historic Houses of South Africa

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9780789203069: Historic Houses of South Africa

Graham Viney sheds light on his country's history with this comprehensive exploration of South Africa's architectural legacy. The houses featured on this book a timeline, charting not only the evolution of South Africa's architectural and interior design styles but also its culture and society in the two centuries leading up to its independence.Whether its an eighteenth-century Cape Dutch farmhouse, a Regency villa, or the Victorian mansions favored by the wealthy nineteenth-century sugar barons and diamond magnates, specially commissioned full-color photographs, capture the spirit of each house. The authoritative text provides a lively examination of the architecture and interior design of these houses along with colorful portraits of their builders and occupants, including the merchants of the Dutch East India Company; the English aristocrats who tried to recreate England on foreign soil; and visionary architects like the Englishman Herbert Baker, who resurrected the Cape Dutch tradition and, in the process, established it as one of South Africa's most important architectural and decorative motifs.Historic Houses of South Africa is an indispensable resource for anyone who is a student of colonial architecture and design. It also serves as an excellent primer for people traveling to South Africa -- several of the houses are open to the public -- or for those who are simply interested in enriching their understanding of this unique country.

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This work's stylish photographs of dazzling whitewashed exteriors, expansive colonnaded verandas, drawing rooms richly appointed with statuary and exotic fauna and flora, and teak-paneled billiard rooms evoke a colonial lifestyle sustained in South Africa through most of the 20th century. Twenty-three eclectic estates (primarily in Cape Dutch, Georgian, Regency, and Victorian design) are featured in this lavish tome, a collaboration between a Cape Town restorationist and a local photographer. The story of each house's ownership and occupancy, construction, restorations, furnishings, and period details is complemented by historic photographs and research gleaned from family archives. A glossary of terms and a bibliography complete this showcase tour of vernacular colonial architecture that was first published in South Africa in 1987. Of interest to informed lay readers and specialists alike, this is recommended for larger academic libraries and architecture and interior design collections.?Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed volume takes readers on a tour of 23 of South Africa's grandest homes. . . . [T]his is a rare chance to visit extraordinary homes in glorious natural settings. -- Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle, 9/97

[A] comprehensive exploration of the country's architectural legacy. . . . The houses and their beautiful furnishings and lush grounds present an insight into the lavish times in which they were built, as well as the personalities of the builders and occupants. -- Antiques & Auction News, 5/16/97

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