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Heritage Square is formed by the intersecting of Buithengracht, Hout, Bree and Shortmarket Streets in the City Centre of Cape Town. The buildings bordering this square are from Dutch and Georgian design. The square was always a hub of activity with businesses that flourished originally such as gunsmiths and cigarette makers, amongst others. Restoration work was done in the 80's to save the square and the heritage of the area. The Provincial Administration, the Cape Town Heritage Trust and Sam Montsi were partners in this massive undertaking.

New Buildings

  • 15 Bedroom Hotel
  • Art Galleries
  • Offices
  • Operational blacksmith
  • Restaurants
  • Shops

People Involved in the Renovations

  • Architects: David van den Heever of GAPP
  • Builders: Resnekov & Nielsen who also took part of renovations at Castle and Groot Constantia,
  • Project Manager: Tony Davenport
  • Structural Engineer: Hennie Fagan
  • Trevor Thorold.


1781 : A vine from this time still flourishes today despite all the renovations that took 

1987 : Cape town Heritage Trust was established and City Council bought 16 properties. Provincial Administration bore 80% of the costs and played a large part in the project

1980's : The Square had a facelift just before the plans went ahead for it to become a multi-level car park. It became the largest private conservation project that had been undertaken in Cape Town.

2012 : A new addition to the Square was Cape Town’s famous Chaveau Wine Bar & Deli, at Josephine’s Mill was moved to the square, bringing with it a taste of the wine lands.

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