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Kelvin Grove Country Club
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape

Sir Herbert BAKER: Architect
BAKER and MASEY: Architect
Hugh Alexander McQUEEN: Architect 1926 clubhouse

Date:1895 : 1899 : 1926 : 1934
Type:Country Club
Status:Adaptive re-use
Street:Camp Ground Rd


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33°58'18.86" S 18°28'13.64" E Alt: 26m

(SA lady's Pic Jun 1913:49-50; UCT BC 206: Box 54; SAB Jan 1926: 37)

Kelvin Grove was originally the homestead of a farm named 'Moedersbewys'. The estate was renamed 'Kelvin Grove' in the 1880s, and the house was rebuilt by Baker for J.C. Rimer in 1896. After Rimer's death in 1925, the Western Province Sports Club bought the property and converted it into a sports club. A new clubhouse was built in 1926. (Arthur Radburn, October 2023)

A colour double-page spread on the club appeared in the Illustrated London News of 30 November 1929.

The clubhouse was extended in the early 1930s, including a ballroom completed in 1934. According to their website it has the largest sprung dance floor in Cape Town.

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All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books that reference Kelvin Grove Country Club

Greig, Doreen. 1970. Herbert Baker in South Africa. Cape Town: PURNELL. pg 238
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838-1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 110