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House CJ Rhodes: The Woolsack
Cape Town, Western Cape

Sir Herbert BAKER: Architect

Client:CJ Rhodes
Style:Cape Dutch Revival

(Greig 1970:61, 62)

On the Groote Schuur estate, Herbert BAKER in 1900 built this house for Cecil RHODES, to house visitors. Rudyard Kipling was a frequent guest here. Built in Cape Dutch revival style, it keeps closer to its prototypes than most of BAKER's work in this style (except for the arcaded atrium between its back wings - now roofed over). It uses plausible holbol gables and good copies of casement windows (though ignoring the gable width). The year before, BAKER had 'restored' Nooitgedacht, and presumably got to know the style more intimately.

[Fransen Hans, 2004. A guide to the old buildings of the Cape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. p, 104.]

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.

Writings about this entry

Baker, Herbert. 1944. Architecture & personalities. London: Country Life. pg b&w photos, 34-35
Walker, Michael. 2012. Early architects of Cape Town and their buildings (1820 - 1926) with postcard illustrations, The. St James: Michael Walker. pg 91