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Baxter Theatre
Cape Town, Western Cape

People:

Jack Judah BARNETT: Architect
LESLIE BROER ASSOCIATES: Architect

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Date:1977
Type:Theatre
Style:Monumental Nationalism
Status:Extant


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33°57'25.38" S 18°28'14.13" E
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An engraved Aluminium plaque mounted on the foyer wall - below a bronze bust of W Duncan Baxter - records the broad details of the bequest and this is transcribed below:

FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF CAPE TOWN

WITHOUT IN ANY WAY DIRECTING THE UNIVERSITY
TO DO SO, I HOPE IT WILL FIND IT POSSIBLE TO UTILISE
THIS BEQUEST FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING
AND CULTIVATING THE ARTS. THIS COULD, I AM
SATISFIED, BEST BE DONE BY ESTABLISHING A THEATRE
IN CAPE TOWN IN WHICH PLAYS, OPERAS, BALLETS,
CONCERTS AND OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT
CAN BE GIVEN. I BELIEVE THE UNIVERSITY IS THE
BODY BEST FITTED TO UNDERTAKE THIS WORK. IT IS,
AND SHOULD BE THE CENTRE AND GUIDE OF THE
INTELLECTUAL LIFE AND ACTIVITY OF THE COMMUNITY
AND MY DESIRE IS THAT ITS INFLUENCE SHOULD BE
PERMANENTLY ESTABLISHED AND EXTENDED.

EXTRACT FROM THE WILL OF W. DUNCAN BAXTER,
WHOSE GIFT MADE THIS PROJECT POSSIBLE

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Writings about this entry

Muwanga, Christina. 1998. South Africa : a guide to recent architecture. London : Köln: Ellipsis : Könemann. pg 80-83

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