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General's House
Thaba Tshwane (Robert's Heights; Voortrekkerhoogte), Gauteng

BAKER, MASEY and SLOPER: Architect

Date:1902
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant

Now the South African Air Force College mess. The photograph and drawings were sent to us by Wessel van Rensburg, the Officer Commanding of the South African Air Force College - 2011.

On 20 June 1902 General Sir Neville Lyttelton took command of the British forces in South Africa, succeeding Lord Kitchener. Not long afterwards Herbert BAKER was asked to design a new house for the Lyttelton's at Robert's Heights (now Thaba Tshwane). Construction began in November. The plan was H-shaped with stoeps, on both north and front sides, arched on the ground floor and columned upstairs. The finishes were white plastered walls under an iron roof. In the original colour scheme all the external woodwork was stained green and all the internal walls were painted white.

[Extracted from Keath, Michael. 1992. Herbert Baker : architecture and idealism 1892-1913, the South African years. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub. Ltd. p 96]


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Keath, Michael. 1992. Herbert Baker: Architecture and Idealism 1892 - 1913: The South African Years. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub. Ltd.. pg 96