Located within the historic and civic heart of the city, the Taj Cape Town is surrounded by significant historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, St George’s Cathedral, Rhodes Building (designed by Sir Herbert Baker) and Heritage House. The hotel site originally had three buildings on it - the old Reserve Bank, the Temple Chambers, and a modern building, originally built in the 1950s which had been substantially altered over time.
The old Reserve Bank Building was designed by renowned Cape Town architect James Morris and was completed in 1932. Inspired by the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the building has wonderful exterior architecture with street facades, constructed of Paarl Granite that has been heavily rusticated on the lower levels, designed to symbolise the financial strength and stability of the Reserve Bank. The front gates, window grilles and front doors are constructed of beautifully detailed bronze.
The Temple Chambers dates back to 1896. Originally housing the chambers for the Supreme Court Barristers, it was significantly altered in the late 1920s and has had some more minor alterations at later dates.