Rich in History
The house known as the Melvin Residence is situated in the historic Pine Street with a mere stone’s throw from the political grand stand of South Africa which is the Union Buildings. The main residence was built in 1890 and is protected by the National Heritage Resources Act. The structure is a fine example of Queen Anne Victorian residential architecture, 1880-1910, notable for its ornamental excesses.
The wealth of detail on the Melvin Residence is typical of the adaptable nature of the Queen Anne style. It displays an asymmetrical arrangement of a convex-concave gable, emphasized by decorative quoins, and polygonal tower with its ‘fish scale’ shingle pattern roof, a wraparound stoep with decorative wooden railings , bay windows, timber one-over-one double-hung sashes, elaborate high chimneys with decorative chimney pots, and contains exterior and interior cavity walls.
The secondary residence was originally built in 1920 and currently consists out of 6 individual flats all with en-suite bathrooms and ample parking space. The Melvin Residence is currently being operated as a guest house and because of the ideal location lots of international tourist make this their temporary home whilst visiting our great country.