Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cape Dutch inspired home


The moment I came across the, featuring this Cape Dutch house, I could hardly believe that this house was built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Reading the full story discovered that the owners are well-traveled people, knowing a lot of Dutch architecture and history.
Bobby McAlpine is absolutely one of my favorite American architects (his is a never leaving coffee table book). Sensing this house ‘of his hand’, definitely confirmed his architectural skills, his understanding of using authentic building materials. Bobby McAlpine is a competent architect, a connoisseur of different architectural styles.
Cape Dutch architecture is an architectural style found in the Western Cape of South Africa (Dutch colony), primarily built in the 17th century.
Houses in Cape Dutch style have a recognisable design, and are distinguished by a grand, ornately rounded gable, as seen on 17th century Holland townhouses. The Cape Dutch houses have whitewashed walls and reed-thatched roofs. They are usually H-shaped.
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Most of these Cape Dutch buildings have been lost, however the design tradition is still to see in some historical South African towns, such as Stellenbosch.
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Let’s go back to the Baton Rouge house.
The owners paid careful attention to details, bringing in soulful European antiques and art throughout their home.
1The center hall is paved with well-worn black and white marble, has a beamed ceiling and runs from front to back. The room is evoking the atmosphere of a 

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The center hall of the Baton Rouge house reminds me of an entrance hall of a Belgian home, 14
2Hand-troweled plaster walls and custom-made raised oak paneling at the entrance hall. A circa-1740 


3The living room is a nearly 50-foot-long space.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source 
As the owners requested to give their home the look of a an old house, there was opted to add antique-style glass in the windows.

11 Dutch spirit 17th century bronze chandelier and wall sconces.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source 
21Original Dutch Baroque chandelier   Source 
19A large late 17th century Dutch brass wall sconce   S

4I absolutely love the view from the kitchen towards the sitting area.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source 


5Pantry with view towards the sitting area. Notice again the small Dutch chandelier above the table.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source 

6The box beds in the guest room evoke a 17th century bedroom.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source 
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