I have so enjoyed “A Statement in Stone” by Michael Walker, a new book about Muizenberg-St. James-Kalk Bay’s early buildings and their architects, including Sir Herbert Baker.
Michael Walker was born in St James. He has a lifetime of experiences and relationships on the False Bay coastline. This is his 14th book about the region. His knowledge of and passion for the villages is deeply appreciated by everyone who loves False Bay. Mike frequently speaks at Historical Association meetings all over Cape Town.
The beautiful drawings in this latest book were found by the author, who was given special permission to access them in the Cape Archives. They date from 1897 and this is their first publication. He also includes old photos which are interesting because the houses have been altered since they were first built.
This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in Kalk Bay, St James or Muizenberg, or simply in the history of architecture. It’s also a great idea for a Christmas present!