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Notes on the Geography of South Africa: Pretoria/Tshwane: Photo 29

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One of the sadder policies of President Thabo Mbeki was closing off the Union Buildings to public view. Back in 1990, they looked like this. Grand as they may be, Baker actually planned a third tower, higher than the existing two and set back from them. (A drawing showing this third tower, the Temple of Peace, appears in Michael Keath's Herbert Baker: Architecture and Idealism, 1892-1913, the South African Years, [1992], p. 170.) The existing towers, according to Baker's 1944 autobiography, Architecture and Personalities, were conceived as "symbolizing the two races of Southern Africa," presumably meaning not White and Black but, instead, British and Afrikaner.

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