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St Aubyn'sAlexander FORREST: Architect
Westcliff, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Wording on heritage plaque
JOHANNESBURG HISTORICAL LEGACY
A highly visible landmark on the peak of this ridge, notable features are the
house, terraced gardens and extensive views. Plans were drawn up by Scottish
architect, Alexander For[r]est from 1928 and the house was built by J.M.
Fernandez, who recruited mineworkers from Mocambique - they were
probably used in the construction of the terraces in the gardens.
In 1950 Julius Missak bought it and over twenty years accumulated a
collection of ceramics and library of French Classics which he bequeathed
to the Rand Afrikaans University on his death in 1980 on condition that
they establish a centre for Armenian and Flemish culture.
It is distinctive for its fine garden setting, clearly Madeiran in
tradition, and is of a typical Portug[u]ese design.
In 2005 it was sold and the house, gardens and
outbuildings were completely restored.
Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust
2013 - An Office Pavilion - Gabrielle’s Garden - has been built in the north garden of the house designed by KATE OTTEN ARCHITECTS.
All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.