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Restoration of the Old Granary building<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">About </h2></span> <p>The Old Granary was built by a Jacobus Hendricks in 1809 as a grain store and bakery. It was later used as the town granary, a customs house, women’s prison, magistrate’s court, post office, and public works offices and workshops. Due to its many uses, there are layers of fabric and construction visible. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Granary-building.jpg" alt="" /></figure> <p>​​The project outcomes include:</p><ul><li>restoring an early 19th century building (1809 original construction);</li><li>rehabilitating the building to a Grade B office space to be leased to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation; and</li><li>creating a museum and interpretation centre.</li></ul><p>During renovations, alterations were kept to a minimum and the façade of the building was preserved. Renovations were completed in November 2018.</p><p>The building was declared a Provincial Heritage Site in 2019. </p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Permanent exhibitions</h2></span> <p>An important part of the restoration was the installation of a permanent exhibition that captures the rich history of the building, and its various uses and functions. A detailed description of the restoration process and the materials has also been included; which many visitors will find fascinating.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Granary-exhibit-1.jpg" alt="" /></figure> <p>The Old Granary is steeped in history. If the walls could talk, you would go back in time to more than 200 years ago to get a feel for the people who lived and worked in the building. The internal spaces have not been glossed over but instead have been well preserved to showcase the building’s heritage status in its original condition. All aspects, even down to the original cracks and chips in the floor and on the walls were preserved, which is what gives this building its unique character. </p><p>Also featured, is the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation’s exhibition space. This permanent installation displays the original hand-written manuscripts and memos of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Both exhibitions flow seamlessly from one to the other and complement each other.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Granary-exhibit-2.jpg" alt="" /></figure> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact us</h2></span> <p>If you have any questions about the Restoration of the Old Granary building, please contact our main representative. </p><h4>Margot van Heerden, Project Manager, Environmental Management Department </h4><p> <em>Telephone: </em><br><em> <a>021 487 2003</a></em></p><p> <em>Email: </em><br><a href="mailto:margot.vanheerden@capetown.gov.za"><em>margot.vanheerden@capetown.gov.</em>za</a></p>GP0|#3e8f47e8-427b-4af3-bd6f-60965f2a7e4e;L0|#03e8f47e8-427b-4af3-bd6f-60965f2a7e4e|Restoration of the Old Granary building;GTSet|#dc1a8a1b-0357-45bc-b768-7d9a89c8ef94;GPP|#9c5fe12f-5958-47f0-8a74-9e491a80d61a;GPP|#01c7dd08-6ba3-4ae5-86c1-37cf07e8323e;GPP|#659228ce-7f43-4fe6-8efe-ddeb2a010e91The City will be restoring the 19th century Old Granary building in Woodstock.

 

 

 

 

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