National Heritage

With the enormous economic booms during the 1880's and 1900's when ostrich feathers were in such high demand in the fashion industry, the magnificent Ostrich Palaces were built and these magnificent buildings remain in their Art Nouveau, Victorian and Neo Renaissance Revival styles.

Architects the likes of Karl Otto Hager, Georges Wallace (Snr. and Jnr) and Charles Bullock were amongst the famous architects commissioned to carry out some of the fine work still standing today.

Many of the finest examples of the sandstone buildings can be seen on Baron van Rheede Street in Oudtshoorn.

National Heritage Sites

  • Le Roux Town House & Arbeidsgenot
    Home to the famous Afrikaans lawyer and author of part of the South African National Anthem, C J Langenhoven. It provides interesting artifacts and a glimpse into life as it once was in the Klein Karoo.
  • C P Nel Museum
  • Montague House
    Situated at 12 Baron van Reede Street. Originally a family home to the Lipschitz family and now a National Heritage site
  • Prince Vincent & Co
    On the corner of Baron can Reede and Church Streets. Originally on of the oldest and largest General Merchants in South Africa.
  • Presbyterian Church and Manse
    43-45 Baron van Reede Street.
  • St Jude's Complex
    57-61 Baron van Reede Street.
    Church built in 1860. Architect: Sophie Gray (wife of first Bishop of Cape Town).
    Rectory: 1861.
    Victoria Memorial Hall: 1904.
    School: 1901.
    Botha House: 19th Century. Tuishuis: 1862. Original Country Club.
  • Synagogue Complex
    83 Baron van Reede Street.
    Synagogue built in 1888. Architect: George Wallis.
    The complex also contained the Jewish Club, Hebrew School and Rabbi's House.
  • Gottland House
    72 Baron van Reede Street Built in 1902.
  • Synagogue Complex
    83 Baron van Reede Street
    Synagogue: 1888. Architect: George Wallis.
    The complex also contained the Jewish Club, Hebrew School and Rabbi's House
  • Mimosa Lodge
    85 Baron van Reede Street. 1907
  • Roman Catholic Cathedral
    78 Baron van Reede Street. 1964. Architects: Bergamasco, Duncan & Assoc. Cape Town
  • Oudtshoorn Gaol
    116-118 Baron van Reede Street
    Early 19th Century
  • Oakdene House
    Baron van Reede Street
    One of the oldest buildings in Oudtshoorn. The plot originally belonged to Rev. T.J. van der Riet. It was built in 1853. In front of the house is a old water furrow dated 1847. Original Oak trees still stand outside
  • 146 Baron van Reede Street
    built in the 1860's
    Former home of miss Hudson, Governess to Pauline Smith, authoress of "Stories of the Little Karoo".
  • Fairview
    131 Baron van Reede Street. Early 20th Century.
  • Suspension Bridge
    Church Street. 1913. Made by Rowley & Sons. London. Local contracting engineer: E. Helfritz.
  • The Old Pavillion
    Voortrekker Road. 1894. Built for recreation Grounds Co.
  • Dutch Reformed Church Parsonage
    141 High Street. 1881. Architect: Otto Hager. Mid-Victorian style with Neo-Classic influence.
  • Dutch Reformed Church
    High Street. 1860-1879
    Architects: George Wallis, Otto Hager
    The model for the five angels standing in front of the pulpit was Maria van Rooyen from Oudtshoorn
  • Town House
    146 High Street. 1908. Architect: Charles Bullock. Owner: J.H.J. le Roux. Currently ancillary to the C.P. Nel museum. The little house at the back was originally a shop. During the great influenza epidemic of 1918, it was used as a hospital.
  • 170 High Street
    Late 19th Century
  • 171 High Street
    Early 20th Century
  • Criterion Hotel
    213 High Street. Early 20th Century.
    Designed by Charles Bullock in 1908 for Mr. Mark Morris. Currently the Baron's Palace
  • Rus in Urbe
    (Foster House) 54 Voortrekker Street. 1902.
    Architect: Charles Bullock.
    Owner: J.A. Foster, M.L.A. He went bankrupt in 1914 with the crash of the feather industry.
  • Drill Hall
    8 Camp Street. 1892. Oudtshoorn Volunteer Rifles. Currently Dutch Reformed Church Hall. The foundation stone was laid by Cecil John Rhodes in 1892.
  • Youth Hostel
    84 Adderley Street. 1894. Originally public school for girls