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House Archdeacon and Mrs Furse: Bishopskop
Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

BAKER, MASEY and SLOPER: Architect
Ernest Willmott SLOPER: Design Architect

Street:Gale Rd


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26°10'57.57" S 28°01'29.80" E Alt: 1712m

Wording on plaque erected jointly by Johannesburg City Heritage and The Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust.

In 1904 Baker, Masey and Sloper designed this
house, tiny chapel and its gardens for Archdeacon Furse.
Using the koppie stone quarried on site, Sloper patiently taught
the masons to shape the very hard rock. Elevated to Anglican
Bishop of Pretoria (the See included Johannesburg) Furse
continued to champion the mineworkers. He changed the
Church's system of stipends by putting all Anglican
priests into the same graded payroll, operating
independently of the wealth or otherwise of
each parish.

In 1948 the house was listed as belonging to Mr and Mrs P Shearer. (MacMillan et al 1948:132)

Writings about this entry

Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pg 54
Greig, Doreen. 1970. Herbert Baker in South Africa. Cape Town: PURNELL. pg 214, 215 ill
MacMillan, Allister & Rosenthal, Eric. 1948. Homes of the Golden City. Cape Town: Hortors. pg 132
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 156 ill, 157
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1975. Projek opname historiese gebou in Johannesburg. Eerste verslag. Parktown: Dept Kunsgeskiedenis. RAU. pg 9a, b