Genadendal Residence

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Genadendal Residence
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Builtearly 18th Century
Architectural style(s)Victorian-Georgian

Genadendal Residence [χəˈnɑːdəndal] is the official residence of the President of South Africa when in office at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.[1] Genadendal is situated in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. It has been the official residence since 1994 when Nelson Mandela took up residence here rather than neighbouring Groote Schuur.[2] The building, formerly known as Westbrook, is named after the town of Genadendal[3] – itself an Afrikaans word meaning "Valley of Mercy".[4]

The residence first came into existence in the early 18th century as a grain barn, and was converted into a residence in the mid 1800s.[5] The mixed Victorian-Georgian residence it was known as Westbrook until it was changed to the current name in 1995.[6]

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  1. ^ "The Presidency | Genadendal". The Presidency of South Africa. Archived from the original on 2015-09-17.
  2. ^ Sampson, Anthony (2011). Mandela: The Authorised Biography. London: HarperCollins. pp. 496–497. ISBN 9780007437979.
  3. ^ Weber, Rebecca (11 December 2013). "Revisiting Nelson Mandela's Genadendal". USA Today. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ Meredith, Martin (6 September 2011). The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence. PublicAffairs. p. 658. ISBN 9781610391320.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-12-06.