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Imperial Hotel
Cape Town, Western Cape

John PARKER: Design Architect
PARKER and FORSYTH: Architect

Street:Long/Shortmarket Sts


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33°55'19.55" S 18°25'10.69" E Alt: 34m

In later years it was painted green and known as the Green Hansom. In more recent times it became a backpackers lodge called “The Purple Turtle”, with a bar & nightclub with the same name on the ground floor. The building was painted pink circa 2000, and then purple in 2011.

The building currently (2020) displays no name and is painted grey. No longer a backpackers lodge, it offers longer-term rental accommodation. The “Purple Turtle” bar/club still exists. There is now also a small supermarket on street level.

These notes were last edited on 2020 09 29

Writings about this entry

Parker, Howard. 2015. John Parker, 1866-1921 : architect and mayor of Cape Town. Wellington, New Zealand: Howard Parker. pg 27 ill, 28 ill
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 141 item 56.1