Old Magistrate Building

Old Magistrate Building

Old Magistrate’s building

This stately historical building in Heidelberg is also known as the Magistrate’s House. Built in 1882, this building is more than 130 years old.

The old Magistrate’s Building once housed the court and judicial offices on the ground floor and the top floor was the residence of the magistrate and his family.

The building is a rectangular whitewashed double storey with a flat roof and beautiful wooden double front door. The front door is placed right in the middle of the front of the building with a porch over the front door resting on two columns. On the ground floor there are two identical windows on each side of the front door. Directly above them and also identical, are two windows on the upper floor, with another identical window on the upper level right above the front door. Perfect symmetry.

The house has an exceptional staircase and has most of its fittings still intact. This beautifully kept building is now a private residence.

The town of Heidelberg dates back to 1855 and was named after the German city of the same name, built similarly on the banks of a river. It is now part of the greater Hessequa municipality and is regarded as the western gateway to the Garden Route, midway between the towns of Riversdale and Swellendam on the N2.

This small town in the Western Cape is probably one of the most beautiful towns on the N2 with wonderful old houses and an amazing history that comes alive when you go for a walk in it’s streets. It is a wonderful walk, with lei-water (irrigation) streams, the town is still mostly untouched and safe with friendly people.

Die Magistraatsgebou of Magistraatshuis in Heidelberg in die Wes Kaap is een van die statige historiese geboue wat te sien is in die prentjiemooi dorpie langs die N2 op die Tuinroete.