Breakwater Lodge

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The Breakwater Lodge in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa was built as a prison in 1859. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_0

It is now part of the University of Cape Town and a hotel. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_1

The original prison was built in 1859 for convicts from Britain at the suggestion of John Montagu who was the colonial secretary to the Cape of Good Hope from 1843 to 1852. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_2

They were transported to The Cape to work on the construction of the breakwater which would allow the harbour which is now the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to be built. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_3

The remains of a treadmill on which prisoners were punished can still be seen. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_4

During the later part of the 19th century other prisoners were accommodated at Breakwater prison and it was the first site to racially segregate black and white convicts. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_5

In 1902 white prisoners were moved into a new building, called the Industrial Breakwater Prison, which remains today. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_6

The design with four castellated turrets and an enclosed courtyard was styled after Millbank and Pentonville prisons in England. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_7

After ten years as a prison it became a juvenile offenders institution and from 1926 until 1989 a hostel for black dock workers. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_8

Since 1991 it has served as the business school of University of Cape Town and hotel run by the Protea chain. Breakwater Lodge_sentence_9

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