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MONTEBELLO DESIGN CENTRE
Address: , 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Western Cape, South Africa

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MONTEBELLO DESIGN CENTRE

Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis.

The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Today, Montebello Design Centre is home to a broad spectrum of designers and artists, from jewellers to painters, film makers to landscapers.

The PROD (product design, research and opportunity development) programme is an outreach project run as part of Montebello Design Centre's mandate to promote craft and design.

Montebello Historical Perspective

The Papenboom Estate
The Montebello Estate has an interesting history involving some prominent characters of Cape Town's past, and activities on the Papenboom estate of Newlands, including its sub-division into small estates, beer brewing, trout hatching, the Montebello homestead expropriation and the struggle for the preservation of some fine examples of period architecture.

Changing Ownership
The Montebello homestead and stables were built on what was part of the Papenboom Estate on land granted to Rutger Mensing in 1764. Mensing was the first brewer in the area, making use of the abundance of fresh spring water. The land passed to successive owners Rudolph Steenbok, Hans Jurgen Hauk and Dirk Gysbert van Reenen who built the house Papenboom, designed by Thibault and which was destroyed by fire in 1836.

Anders Ohlsson
In 1888 a prominent Capetonian of Swedish descent, Anders Ohlsson, purchased the Newlands Brewery from Cloete. Ohlsson's purchase included Montebello, Cloete's palatial residence near the brewery, and the associated outbuildings such as the stables and the stores. The documents recording this sale make the first known reference to stables but it is difficult to ascertain whether these are the same as those found on the site today. Although the original plans has not been found, the architect, John Parker, was responsible in 1905 for drawing plans for the addition of a "car port" on to the original building. Parker had worked on other stables of similar detail and construction found in the vicinity.

The Michaelis Family
Maximillian Michaelis purchased the Montebello estate from Anders Ohlsson in 1919. His son, Cecil Michaelis, conducted experiments with South African clays in the old Montebello stables to produce the fine local porcelain which gave birth to the now flourishing South African ceramics industry. Following the expropriation of the Montebello homestead and grounds for the South African College School, Cecil Michaelis successfully contested further attempts to expropriate the land on which the fine stable buildings stand and the adjoining richly wooded area.
The Centre is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets with over twenty arts and craft studios and workshops, a historic greenhouse and nursery, a forge, and stunning restaurant and organic deli farm shop. Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis. The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis. The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Montebello Design Centre is a Non Profit Company, with a number of commercial tenant studios on sight.
MONTEBELLO DESIGN CENTRE




Montebello Design Centre

Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis.

The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Today, Montebello Design Centre is home to a broad spectrum of designers and artists, from jewellers to painters, film makers to landscapers.

The PROD (product design, research and opportunity development) programme is an outreach project run as part of Montebello Design Centre's mandate to promote craft and design.

Montebello Historical Perspective

The Papenboom Estate
The Montebello Estate has an interesting history involving some prominent characters of Cape Town's past, and activities on the Papenboom estate of Newlands, including its sub-division into small estates, beer brewing, trout hatching, the Montebello homestead expropriation and the struggle for the preservation of some fine examples of period architecture.

Changing Ownership
The Montebello homestead and stables were built on what was part of the Papenboom Estate on land granted to Rutger Mensing in 1764. Mensing was the first brewer in the area, making use of the abundance of fresh spring water. The land passed to successive owners Rudolph Steenbok, Hans Jurgen Hauk and Dirk Gysbert van Reenen who built the house Papenboom, designed by Thibault and which was destroyed by fire in 1836.

Anders Ohlsson
In 1888 a prominent Capetonian of Swedish descent, Anders Ohlsson, purchased the Newlands Brewery from Cloete. Ohlsson's purchase included Montebello, Cloete's palatial residence near the brewery, and the associated outbuildings such as the stables and the stores. The documents recording this sale make the first known reference to stables but it is difficult to ascertain whether these are the same as those found on the site today. Although the original plans has not been found, the architect, John Parker, was responsible in 1905 for drawing plans for the addition of a "car port" on to the original building. Parker had worked on other stables of similar detail and construction found in the vicinity.

The Michaelis Family
Maximillian Michaelis purchased the Montebello estate from Anders Ohlsson in 1919. His son, Cecil Michaelis, conducted experiments with South African clays in the old Montebello stables to produce the fine local porcelain which gave birth to the now flourishing South African ceramics industry. Following the expropriation of the Montebello homestead and grounds for the South African College School, Cecil Michaelis successfully contested further attempts to expropriate the land on which the fine stable buildings stand and the adjoining richly wooded area.
The Centre is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets with over twenty arts and craft studios and workshops, a historic greenhouse and nursery, a forge, and stunning restaurant and organic deli farm shop. Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis. The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis. The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Montebello Design Centre is a Non Profit Company, with a number of commercial tenant studios on sight.
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