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2020 JUNE & JULY NEWSLETTER

Grateful thanks to Pat Kramer, Antonia Malan and Alex Dodge for putting together this newsletter.
There is also a very interesting article by Dirkie Neethling on Air Vents which is in the second part of the newsletter. Baie dankie Dirkie!

To read the newsletter in full and see the pictures, download this: VASSA NEWSLETTER JULY 2020

RECCE TO THE SWARTLAND
Antonia Malan, Alex Dodge and Pat Kramer took advantage of a glorious day to undertake a recce to the farm Hartebeestefontein between Malmesbury and Riebeek West.

ANTON ROUX’S DRAWINGS OF THE ALABAMA CINEMA
Anton Roux has been using his time to draw up the façade of the old Alabama Theatre which stood on the corner of Loop and Pepper streets. He took the measurements as part of a student project.
See the front façade and the side façade in Pepper Street, at one time the Glass Theatre.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM CARNARVON
We have recently been informed that the SKA astronomical setup in the Carnarvon area, which recently expropriated/ bought 30 farms surrounding the satellite dishes, has announced a plan to demolish all the buildings on these farms to prevent “squatting”.
Our Karoo expert, Judy Maguire,has been informed and is keeping an eye on things for us.

HERBERT BAKER IN CALIFORNIA
Alex Dodge discovered this interesting Baker house in California!
Alex says: Do you recognise this house? Nor did I when I saw it, unnamed, in a fascinating 1947 Life magazine story ‘Wealth on the Peninsula’ while I’d been browsing Filoli outside San Francisco.
I asked the California Garden Landscape History Soc. and Filoli to identify this familiar but unknown house.
‘Mein House’ Canada Rd, Woodside outside San Francisco, California, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built by William Wallace Mein Sr. (1873–1964), mining engineer, financier and director of Bank of America. 
The original Life magazine story is jaw-dropping for the lifestyles. 
Wikipedia on super wealthy Woodside is also fascinating:
And see the book Woodside by Thalia Lubin for pics of the other estates.