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Cape Town's historic Old Granary Building reborn as Tutu Foundation Peace Centre

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 29, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

It’s lovely  to see  Cape Town’s once broken and dilapidated  Old Granary building up and running as the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation Peace Centre.

The cultural heritage site which underwent a multi-million rand facelift is currently hosting a groundbreaking exhibition.

Restored inside and out following a renovation programme announced by Archbishop Tutu in 2015. it  is once again a magnificent Cape Town landmark. 

The building, originally built in 1814,  boasts a rich history and for many years was regarded as one if the most significant  pieces of architecture in the city. Over the years it has been used as a grain store and bakery, the town granary, a customs house, a women’s prison, magistrate’s court, post office, and public works offices and workshops.

When it eventually lay empty and neglected for 20 years it was Desmond Tutu who set the plan in motion to save and restore it and promised that 

the Tutu Legacy Foundation would contribute towards the Old Granary's refurbishment and lease the building long-term. The city authorities also set aside budget for the project.

 It is now enjoying the latest chapter in its long and eventful life. Visitors can see an exhibition offering state-of-the-art exhibits that allow people to interactively experience the backstory of Cape Town as well as this amazing  building’s history and revival.