Historic Period Building Film Locations

Filmmakers on location in Cape Town will find a world of possibilities at their disposal. The city’s diverse culture and eclectic architecture make it easy to recreate the look of just about any country or era on film.

Well-Known Cape Town Period Buildings

A few of the architectural styles you’ll find in and around Cape Town include:

Cape Dutch:

This style dates back to the 17th Century and is inspired by traditional Dutch townhouses in Amsterdam. Key features include thatched roofing, whitewashed walls and ornate gables. Many Cape Dutch buildings can be found in the Cape winelands, including areas like Constantia and Stellenbosch.

Cape Rococo:

A highly decorative style characterised by elaborate sculpted moulding, curved lines and asymmetrical shapes. The Old Town House in Greenmarket Square is a prominent example of Cape Rococo architecture.

Art Deco:

Known for ornate design, geometric forms and decorative friezes. You’ll find beautiful examples of Art Deco buildings in the Cape Town city centre, such as the Mutual Heights building which features one of the world’s longest stone friezes.


This style is marked by grand, large-scale buildings with simple geometric forms. Cape Town City Hall and Adderley Street’s First National Bank Building are prominent examples of Neoclassical architecture in the city.

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