House Lionel Phillips: Villa Arcadia
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In 1898 a Swiss Chalet was built here for merchant Carl Rolfes. In 1906 it was bought by Randlord and MP Sir Lionel Phillips, Chairman of Rand Mines. His influential wife Florence, founder of the Johannesburg Art Gallery and described as No Ordinary Woman, masterminded the creation of the present Villa Arcadia with architect Sir Herbert BAKER. Certain design features are mirrored in Pretoria's Union Buildings, designed by BAKER the following year. In 1923, under the S.A. Jewish Orphanage, It became The Arc, serving children for the next 78 years. Bought by HOLLARD in 2003, the Villa's original elegance and historic craftsmanship have been restored and are complemented by a modern art collection.
(William MARTINSON, December, 2010; Johannesburg City Heritage Plaque)
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