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St Mary's Cathedral
Johannesburg, Gauteng

BAKER and FLEMING: Architect

Street:cor Wanderers and De Villiers Streets


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26°11'57.36" S 28°02'41.48" E

(SAB Dec 1930:31)

Cumming George 1933

THE FIRST PORTION commenced in 1920 was All Souls' Memorial Chapel, being the North East part of a complete scheme initially designed by Sir Herbert Baker and his partner Mr. F. L. H. Fleming, F.R.I.B.A. The main building, the subject of illustration, was similarly designed and carried out in 1926, Mr. F. L. H. Fleming being in this case the responsible architect. The materials of construction are:- Foundation: reinforced concrete. Walls: hammer-dressed mountain stone outside, brick inside backed up with concrete and plastered internally. Floors: Chamfuta block Marble to Sanctuary. Roof: Roman pan tiles. Ceilings: concrete (rough-cast). Doors: teak. Windows: steel with leaded lights. Fittings: teak. The seating capacity normally is 1,500, but is capable on crowded occasions of reaching 3,000.

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 151
Chilvers, Hedley A. 1929. Out of the Crucible. Being the romantic story of the Witwatersrand Goldfields; and of the Great City which arose in their midst (with sixteen drawings by William M. TIMLIM). London: Cassell. pg 54 opp
Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 37, 38 ill
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 141
Keath, Michael The Baker School: A Continuing Tradition 1902-1940: in Fisher, RC, Le Roux, SW and Maré, E (Eds). 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal: pp 84