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Baker, Herbert (Sir)

Born: 1862 AD
Died: 1946 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Architects


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.


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