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House Haenggi
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Michael Kidd SUTTON: Architect

Date:1964 Project not built


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26°01'51.49" S 28°02'26.67" E Alt: 1503m

"I acquired on deed of sale a large undeveloped property of 11 acres, being Rietfontein 33, mid-way between Fourways north of Bryanston and Rivonia, with an undisturbed view to the Magaliesberg range in the distance. On the property was the foundation of a stone structure from long ago, a semi-circle with, on the higher point, a large stone that looked like a throne. Whenever I was on that particular spot, I felt strange vibes. But this being the best place to build my dream house, I first had to find out the problem. I called in an Afrikaans water-diviner, Mr Viljoen, who with both wooden rods and metal rods criss-crossed the spot and marked the flow of the disturbance which for him was the flow of water. He even worked out at what depth it ran. I did not believe him until I had tested this myself - lo' and behold - it worked very well with me, and I believed him. I got Michael Sutton to prepare drawings, the house to be built in such a way that paintings and sculptures could be seen at best."

"By March, 1965 Michael Sutton had completed his drawing. Nothing was to come of this as I had met LR to whom I would become engaged in due course - so my Mother now demanded from me all monies I owed her, and I was forced to sell the property Rietfontein 33, for which I got about R4000 to pay her back."

More or less on that spot is now the building of the Rietfontein Ridge Municipal Nature Reserve.

(Fernand Haenggi 1965)