When did the Cape Dutch architectural style become established at the Cape?

When did the Cape Dutch architectural style become established at the Cape?

The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the initial settlers of the Cape being primarily Dutch. The style has roots in medieval Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.

What does a Dutch gable roof look like?

A Dutch gable roof or gablet roof (in Britain) is a roof with a small gable at the top of a hip roof. The term Dutch gable is also used to mean a gable with parapets. Some sources refer to this as a gable-on-hip roof.

What is the purpose of a Dutch Gable?

Dutch gable roofs allow more natural sunlight than traditional hip or gable roofs. This can reduce heating bills in the winter. They also provide more storage space than hip roofs and a window can be added in the gablet, creating more ventilation and light.

What’s a gable look like?

A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches. The shape of the gable and how it is detailed depends on the structural system used, which reflects climate, material availability, and aesthetic concerns.

How were Cape Dutch houses built?

Early Cape Dutch buildings were simple thatched-roof, whitewashed farmhouses. They were generally rectangular in shape, with a wooden frame, wattle and clay walls, and shuttered windows symmetrically placed either side of the central front door.

What is the purpose of a Dutch gable?

What is a Dutch gable look like?

A Dutch gable or Flemish gable is a gable whose sides have a shape made up of one or more curves and has a pediment at the top.

Are gables expensive?

Due to their rather simple design, gable roofs are often less expensive than other roof styles. The initial construction cost is lower, and because of the steep slope and reduced risk of water damage, you won’t have to worry about maintenance costs in the future.