House CJ Rhodes: The Woolsack
On the Groote Schuur estate, Herbert BAKER in 1900 built this house for Cecil RHODES, to house visitors. Rudyard Kipling was a frequent guest here. Built in Cape Dutch revival style, it keeps closer to its prototypes than most of BAKER's work in this style (except for the arcaded atrium between its back wings - now roofed over). It uses plausible holbol gables and good copies of casement windows (though ignoring the gable width). The year before, BAKER had 'restored' Nooitgedacht, and presumably got to know the style more intimately.
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