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Herbert Baker

British architect

Died when: 83 years 240 days (1003 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

 

Herbert Baker

Sir Herbert Baker (9 June 1862 – 4 February 1946) was an English architect remembered as the dominant force in South African architecture for two decades, and a major designer of some of New Delhi's most notable government structures.

He was born and died at Owletts in Cobham, Kent.Among the many churches, schools and houses he designed in South Africa are the Union Buildings in Pretoria, St.

Andrew's College, Grahamstown, St.John's College, Johannesburg, the Wynberg Boys' High School, Groote Schuur in Cape Town, and the Champagne Homestead and Rhodes Cottage on Boschendal, between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

With Sir Edwin Lutyens he was instrumental in designing, among other buildings, Viceroy's House, Parliament House, and the North and South Blocks of the Secretariat, all in New Delhi, which in 1931 became the capital of the British Raj, as well as its successor states the Dominion of India and the Republic of India.

He also designed the East African Railways Headquarters, Government House and the administration building at the then Prince of Wales School in Nairobi, Kenya, now known as Nairobi School.

His tomb is in Westminster Abbey.


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