Architecture and Styles in The Cango Valley /Little Karoo

Posted on: 2012-12-18

Architecture and Styles in The Cango Valley /Little Karoo

During 1750, the first farmers settled in this area. One can assume that they brought with them building styles from Cape Town and surrounding areas. Consequently houses were build that resemble the well-known Cape Dutch style. Between 1800 and 1860 some houses were built along the Cango Route of which two are left and still in very good condition. The front gables show some Cape Baroque as well as concave and convex influences.   Attached are two photos of the houses on the farms DeKombuys (left) and Boomplaas (right).

De Kombuys Boplaas


This area is known for the ostrich palaces or feather palaces that were built during the feather boom of the ostrich industry (1890 to1914). These houses were extravagant although beautiful. Only a few of these houses are still in existence, three in town and four in the district. They were build with stone from this area.

Fosters Folley Pine Hurst

Two more houses from the same period but with a more modest style (nevertheless equipped with flashes of the not so modest)

Le Roux Huis Mimosa

As time goes by and conditions returned to normality, sanity prevailed and a more conservative style appeared .

Altes Landhause Cango Huis

The economy of the area relied heavily on agriculture with a low profit margin and consequently a low income per capita. The style of the farmhouses therefore, became even more conservative than the above mentioned.See attached photos.These are the most common building styles in this area. What is also interesting is not only the outside appearance of these houses are the same but also the floor plan. We have come to the conclusion that skilled artisans were not easily available and those that were available were only trained to handle a specific building plan.

Cypreslaan Thorntree



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