The moment I came across the, featuring this Cape Dutch house, I could hardly believe that this house was built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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.
I absolutely love the view from the kitchen towards the sitting area. Photography Pieter Estersohn Source
Pantry with view towards the sitting area. Notice again the small Dutch chandelier above the table. Photography Pieter Estersohn Source