With two new blue plaques to unveil this is a very special day in Auckland Park as two of the oldest and most significant buildings in the suburb are recognised for their heritage value to us all. We celebrate with Lapsang Souchong at Lindfield and bubbly at Kingsway. Katherine Love and Pat Corbin want to share this happy occasion with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and we are delighted to be part of the fun and the food! No long speeches and no naughty songs. A few Hurrahs are in order.
Lindfield House Museum is always a fascinating place to visit and Katherine Love takes out special treasures to show our members, such as tear drop bottles, or mourning cards where the width of the black edging indicates the appropriate degree of sorrow. We don’t dwell too long on the butterflies which used to flutter around the golf course when she was out with a net aged 12 collecting specimens.
Around her home are some astounding developments overlooked by the SABC Towers. We walk round to Kingsway Mansions where residents look over the BRT to the Country Club and the lovely rural views designed by Joane Pim. We’ll have a chance to see inside a flat and hear of the tenants who loved living there. These gracious apartments were designed by P Rogers Cooke, the architect who was sent to America to study atmospheric theatres. Then back to Lindfield for tea with Katherine and perhaps her butler Pierre handing round the cream scones and sand cake.
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GUIDES: Flo Bird and William Gaul
PARK: Lindfield House, Greenlands Road, Auckland Park
DURATION: 2.5 hours
COST: R200.00 for members and R250.00 for non-members, including tea and cake
MAXIMUM No: 30