Vergelegen Restoration | Revel Fox Architects

Vergelegen Restoration | Revel Fox Architects
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After Willem Adriaan van der Stel was forced to return to the Netherlands, Vergelegen went through a succession of owners until 1917 when Sir Lionel Phillips purchased the property for his wife, Lady Florence Phillips, who transformed the dilapidated Estate into a floral and cultural treasure trove. 

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The Phillips’ spent vast sums of money on the restoration and upgrade of the Estate. Sir Lionel Phillips was known as a ‘Randlord,’ making his millions on the diamond fields of Kimberley and the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. He also served as chairman of the Johannesburg Chamber of Mines for several years.

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Dams were built, roads constructed and the old footbridge was replaced by a structure wide enough to accommodate motor traffic. From the architects.

Client: Vergelegen
Building Area: N/A
Completion: 2008
Address: Somerset West, Western Cape