Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Walk along Chiappini Street
Take a slow stroll along this street to enjoy the local architecture.
The houses with their open terraces are known as stoeps, and radiate a feeling of tranquility. The stoep was often the projecting platform on which the house was built. It also protected the walls of the house from being splashed by mud on rainy days.
The foundations consisted of stone rubble quarried from Signal Hill. Shell-lime, which is obtained from burning seashells, was used for damp-proofing, plastering and whitewashing the walls. Houses were normally painted in November, at the end of the rainy season. Whitewashing recipes were often closely guarded family secrets.