Runciman Building

Simon's Town Historical Society

Runciman Building

Cape Town, Simon's Town, Western Cape 7995, South Africa

Created By: Simon's Town Historical Society


Originally built in 1785 by Jeremias Auret as a lodging house. At various times used as a private dwelling, bonded store, chandlers, warehouse. From 1860 the building housed the Post Office. Bought in 1898 by William Runciman who employed the architect John Parker to design the impressive Victorian façade to replace the Cape Dutch style frontage. It can be seen that this carries no name and is askew to the side walls.. For many years the building housed a grocery, bottle store and chemist. There is believed to be little change in the fabric of the building since 1899.


This point of interest is part of the tour: Simon's Town Historical Society


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