• LOCATION 28 | Church Street in Historic Tulbagh

    Ballotina

    Stop here in front of the house on your left.

    This is Ballotina. It was built in 1815 and is the most beautiful of the neo-classical gables in the street. More importantly, its the only original gable on this half of the street to have survived both Victorian tastes and the wrath of the earthquake.

    The gable still has its Baroque Hol-Bol profile, but the little pillars down the windows and the round pediment make this somewhat of a transitional gable.

    Historian, academic and museumologist Mary Cook bought ‘Ballotina’, and moved to Tulbagh with her family 1945. She stated her motive for buying the house as ‘intending to preserve an example of Thibault’s work - destined otherwise for certain destruction’. The house was badly damaged by the earthquake and the state engineer had condemned it for demolition. A great amount of resources was spent to restore the property back to Mary's specification.

    Mary Cook and Hans Fransen would go on to research and publish the first ever survey of old buildings at the Cape. We are blessed to have had Mary Cook in Tulbagh through those terrible years of the 1940, 50s and 60s; to have kept an eye over our precious heritage resources.

    When you're ready to move on, turn so Ballotina is on your left and safely cross over the intersection to the Parsonage, the show stopper of Church Street. Be careful of the intersecting Twee Jonge Gezellen Road because cars do drive fast here.

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Church Street in Historic Tulbagh