Basic Biographical Details

Name: Herbert Baker, Masey & Kendall
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1906
Ended: 1909
Bio Notes: Herbert Baker (later Sir Herbert) was born in Cobham in Kent on 9 June 1862, one of ten children of Thomas H Baker, JP. He was educated at Tonbridge School and articled to his uncle Arthur H Baker in September 1881 and remained for three years whilst attending classes at the Architectural Association. He remained with Baker after his apprenticeship as clerk of works at Llanberis Church, North Wales, a project which lasted a further year and a half. He then transferred to the office of Ernest George & Peto as improver and subsequently assistant and remained there until 1890 during which period he attended the Royal Academy Schools. While at their office he met Edwin Lutyens with whom he went sketching in the country. Baker won the Ashpitel Prize and passed the qualifying exam in 1889 and was elected ARIBA on 13 January of the following year, his proposers being his uncle, Harold Ainsworth Peto and Ernest George. He was elected Fellow ten years later on 18 January 1900, his proposers being on this occasion H S Greaves, Ernest George again and W Emerson.

When in 1891 Baker's brother Lionel went out to South Africa to set up a fruit farm, Baker went out to advise on its situation. He soon met Cecil Rhodes who asked him to restore his home, Groote Schuur and to rebuild it again after a fire in 1893. In Baker Rhodes saw a man who could share his dreams of a great and permanent culture for South Africa. Baker was appointed Diocesan architect for Cape Town in 1893 and as such was responsible for a number of churches in the city.

Baker formed a partnership with his former assistant Francis Edward Masey in 1899. Masey had born in 1858 or 1859, the son of Phillip Edward Masey of London. He had been articled to his father from 1875 and had assisted in the office of Alfred Waterhouse from 1878 to 1896, emigrating to South Africa in the latter year and joining Baker's office. Together Baker and Masey designed a great variety of buildings - not only churches, but offices, banks and villas. They also supervised the construction of the Union Castle Line building and the Mount Wilson Hotel in Cape Town on behalf Dunn & Watson.

Rhodes died in 1902 and Lord Milner who had the task of rebuilding in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony after the Boer War engaged Baker & Masey on a number of projects including Government buildings, churches, houses and agricultural and mining settlements. In 1906 they took on a third partner, Franklin Kaye Kendall. Kendall had been born in Australia on 2 January 1869, trained in London in the offices of S J Jerrard (builders), Smith & Gale, and Sir William Emerson, and emigrated to South Africa in 1896, working in the offices of Sydney Stent, John Parker and, from 1899, Sir Herbert Baker & Masey.

Masey left to set up his own practice in Rhodesia in 1909 and Baker formed a new partnership with Frank Leonard Hodgson Fleming who had been assisting since 1903.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Cape Town, South AfricaBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Salisbury, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Herbert Baker19061909Partner 
Item 2 of 3Franklin Kaye Kendall19061909Partner 
Item 3 of 3Francis Edward Masey19061909Partner 


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