Rust en Vreugd is located on Cape Town’s outer limits in Buitenkant Street, meaning “outer edge” in Afrikaans. Today it is a historic house and garden with Heritage classification as an art museum.The house was originally built for Cornelis Boers an official of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) who held the position of Fiscal. After Cornelis Boers left the property was occupied by various private citizens. Today it hosts the Iziko William Fehr Collection as its permanent collection. It is in close proximity to other attractions in Cape Town namely:

House

The house was built as a town house and stands as a fine example of 18th Century Cape Dutch urban architecture with its beautiful ornamental façade that gives the house its grandeur:

  • Blue Slate veranda
  • Gardens landscaped in the original style
  • Rococo fanlights above main door carved by Anton Anrieith who was a German sculptor
  • South African contemporary art shows are hosted and rooms are hired for events and functions
  • Three storeys high

William Fehr Collection

William was an Artist who in 1965 donated his Art On Paper collection to the Rust en Vreugd Museum consisting of:

  • Drawings
  • Etchings
  • Lithographs
  • Prints
  • Watercolours

Because of the sensitivity of the art medium of paper only a few of the works are in effect exhibited. This collection is important to Cape Town History as it represents the life and times of early Cape Town.

History

1711: Rust en Vreugtd was built for Cornelis Boers

1878 : The house was bought by the Dutch Reformed Church and turned into a Teachers Training College

1925 – 1957 : The house was home to Cape Town High School

1940 : Declared a Heritage site

1952 : William Fehr’s private collection for the first time at the Van Riebeeck Tercentenary Festival

1960s : House was converted into a gallery

1993 : More restorations were carried out and recently a disabled facility was installed

1965 : Willem Fehr art was exhibited

Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10h00 - 17h00
  • Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day and Workers' Day, closed.

Admission

Please consult their website under Contact Details.

Contact Us

Iziko Rust en Vreugd
 Esther Esmyol

Address:
78 Buitenkant Street
8001 Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Western CapeSouth Africa
33° 55′ 49.141″ S, 18° 25′ 13.912″ E
work: +27 21 481 3903
fax: +27 21 461 9620
http://www.iziko.org.za/static/page/rust-en-vreugd Visit Website

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