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La Provence, now Grande Provence
Franschhoek, Western Cape

GABRI√čL FAGAN ARCHITECTS: Restoration Architect

Date:About 1760;
Type:Homestead
Style:Cape Dutch
Status:Extant

Farm settled by the French Huguenot Pierre Joubert in 1694. Original farmstead built by Pieter de Villiers after he took ownership in 1756. In 1800 he converted the ground plan from a T to an H and changed the frontage to the road and added the facade gable. His widowed wife remarried to Pieter Joubert who rebuilt and remodeled the front gable in 1815. It is a fine authentic example of the Cape Dutch style in the neoclassical idiom. It was restored in 1969 after slight earthquake damage by Gawie Fagan.

For further information on the measured drawings see Pearse Collection.


Writings about this entry

De Bosdari, C. 1953. Cape Dutch Houses and Farms, their architecture and history. Cape Town / Amsterdam: AA Balkema. pg 82
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 282
Hartdegen, Paddy. 1988. Our building heritage : an illustrated history. South Africa: Ryll's Pub. Co. on behalf of the National Development Fund for the Building Industry. pg 31
Hoefsloot, Ted (illustrations) & Pama, Cor (text). 1980. Cape Wine Homesteads. Johannesburg: AD Donker. pg 70 & 71 (ill)
Hanson, N (Photographer) Plate 92. La Provence. French Hoek. [Photo]: in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 142
Hanson, N Plate 93. La Provence. French Hoek. Plan and Facade (Measured and Drawn by Norman Hanson): in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 143
Ellenberger, RM (Photographer) Plate 94. [a] La Provence. French Hoek. Wall Cupboard [Photo]: in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 144
Fassler, J Plate 95. La Provence, French Hoek. Joinery Details (N. Hanson Mens. J. Fassler Delt): in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 145
Pearse, GE Fig. 18. Typical gables: in Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa: pp 18