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Baker, Herbert

Born: 1862 AD
Died: 1946 AD
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.