Cape Town City Hall, completed 1906

Cape Town Heritage Foundation

Is the oldest conservation lobby group in Cape Town (previously known as the Simon van der Stel Foundation).

It was founded on the 8th of April 1859 at the Castle of Good Hope as a national body with branches all over the country. The National Body is known as the Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) and many of the original branches are affiliated to HASA, although most branches have changed their original names.

What we Do

We Occupy An Established & Respected Place in Cape Town’s heritage network. As such we aim to be the voice of concerned individuals who care about the conservation of our heritage. We therefore promote the cause and participate in the protection of Cape Town’s heritage.

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VIew of Darling St with Grand Parade and City Hall
Old Town House c1761 on Greenmarket Square

Blue Plaques

The Cape Town Heritage Foundation introduced blue plaques in South Africa. This is an internationally recognised way to mark important historical events, sites or personalities.

Conservation Projects

We are in the fortunate position to have funds available in the Conservator Trust. These funds are specifically earmarked for conservation projects within our area of jurisdiction.

Panorama of Cape Town

Outings programme

Church Square


Selection of some of our projects

Lion Gateway, The Avenue, Company’s Garden
Steenberg Homestead
Old Coal Store, Strand St
Boshof Gates, Paradise Rd, Newlands
Valkenburg Homestead

Donations and Bequests

The Cape Town Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organisation and relies on income generated from outings, membership fees and donations from people who support our aims and activities.

Old Theatre/St Stephen’s Church, Riebeeck Square
Front page of the very first Restorica


Restorica was the official publication of the then national body, the Simon van der Stel Foundation.

The publication focused on historical buildings, antique furniture, works of art, historic documents, Africana, period building materials and antique vehicles. In partnership with the University of Pretoria, the 30 volumes of Restorica, published between 1975 and 1998, have been digitised and made accessible via the University’s online repository.