Newlands History, Development and Arts

newlands tourDiscover the social history and creativity of Newlands as we explore vernacular architecture, ranging from the historical SACS Michaelis House and its stables (now Montebello Design Centre) to modern homes and extensions.

Discover how Newlands developed from two farms into a prosperous, highly desirable suburb (the wettest in Cape Town). Learn about the social controversies of this neighbourhood, ranging from Forced Removals to spring water availability, “densification” and heritage concerns today.

The walking tour is being led by architect Louise van Riet who lives and works in the area (it was the subject of her MPhil thesis), along with Kate Crane Briggs, founder of Culture Connect SA. They will lead the tour, a first.

At Montebello, ceramicist, John Bauer, will show us around (his studio is there and, in September, he expanded into what was David Kruts’ gallery). Its history is fascinating and links with Michaelis House, where we’ll visit first.

Cost: R250 pre 18 Nov, then R350 per person.

Start and finish: Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands 7708

Date: Saturday 24 November 2018

Time: 2:30-4:30pm