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The only townhouse to have survived the Dutch colonial era is located in a busy street in the centre of Cape Town. The townhouse, called Koopmans-de Wet House, is now a museum and gives visitors an insight into the typical lifestyle of a wealthy city dweller between the 1700s and late 1800s.
The house dates back to 1701 and while much of it has altered over the years, the entrance steps, built using small yellow bricks imported from the Netherlands and called ijselstene, are from the original build date. The Neoclassical style façade dates to around 1780. The last owner of the house was wealthy socialite Marie Koopmans-de Wet, who had moved into the property after her parents’ death. Her husband was to die a short time later and she wore black to mourn his death for the rest of her life. Marie and her sister hosted parties for the elite and invites to these occasions... Show more