1862 – Born on June 9th in Cobham, Kent, England. He was one of the most famous British architects of the early 20th century.
1892 – He arrived in South Africa, planning to visit his brother, Lionel who was busy buying a farm at the time.
1893 – He was commissioned by Cecil Rhodes to remodel Groote Schuur, Rhodes’ house on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town.
1909 – Herbert Baker was commissioned to design the Government Building of the Union of South Africa in Pretoria.
1910 – Sir Herbert Baker designed one of South Africa’s most famous buildings, the Union Building.
1912 – He left South Africa and moved to India where he worked on planning the designs of the new legislative buildings in New Delhi.
1913 – The Union Buildings were completed, after which Herbert Baker left for New Delhi from where he returned home to England.
1925 – Sir Edward Grigg invited Baker to visit Kenya.
1928 – Rhodes House, part of Oxford University in England, was built in memory of Cecil Rhodes, was completed.
1933 – South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, London, opened. The building was acquired by the government of South Africa as its main diplomatic presence in the UK.
1944 – Wrote his autobiography, Architecture and Personalities.
1946 – Died on February 4th in Cobham, Kent and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
– Other well-known buildings of his include the new Bank of England and South Africa House in London.