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House Hobart Kay - 'Far End'
Mill Park, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

JONES and McWILLIAMS: Architect

Street:12 Woodville Road

Amongst Mill Park's most notable residents, must be the Kays. Dorothy Kay is rightfully regarded as one of Port Elizabeth's most eminent artists. Their house, "Far End," like the Old Mill House, also located in Woodville Road, was also designed by Jones and McWilliams. The house was completed on 16th September 1920. The style of the architecture can be classified as being English Vernacular.

Gavin McLachlan describes the house as follows: "The roof of this house is finished with wood shingles which comfortably suit the character of this house despite the fact that it originally had a corrugated iron roof. The walls are rough plaster with some facebrick and some rubble stonework details. The windows are of the timber casement type.

This evocative house was the home of the artist Dorothy Kay. It enjoys an especially fine setting with an expansive view down the Baakens Valley. It is an interesting stylistic predecessor to the four houses designed by Jones and McWilliams lower down in Woodville Road. It also exemplifies, with its rambling, steeply pitched roof, dormers and bay windows, and Tudor style interiors, the picturesque English Vernacular Style."

(Submitted by Dean McCleland, February 2018)

Writings about this entry

McLachlan, Gavin. 1993. The Dream Houses of Mill Park. Port Elizabeth: Department of Architecture, University of Port Elizabeth. pg 116