One of the best protected architectural jewels in Cape Town is the Heritage Square in the city centre. Only 5 minutes walking distance from Long Street and the district Bo-Kaapaway a piece of Cape Town’s past was retained.
In the middle of the 1980’s Cape Town’s city council wanted to built a new express highway close to the city. As a result a complete block with historical but run-down houses from the 18. century would have been demolished. These were especially citizen or craft houses but as well warehouses. Massive civil protests resulted and in the end this road building project got cancelled.
To finance the costs for the renovation of the historic buildings the Cape Town Heritage trust was founded. After long-lasting negotiations the property rights of the complete block were alienated to the trust and the reconstructions began. The reconstruction was completed long ago. Today you can find some very good restaurants and a hotel in a true original reconstructed ambience. The Cape Heritage Hotel is an important part of the whole square. The forerunner of the Luxus Boutique Hotel was built in 1780. Typically for that time the house was built with a courtyard. Today this courtyard in particular invites for a refreshment and a good meal in on of the restaurants.