Clive Chipkin, the doyenne of architectural historians of Johannesburg, passed away from COVID-19 on 10th January.

Clive made his mark on Parktown in the book produced with Shiriley Zar and Helen Aronn PARKTOWN 1892-1972 in which he coined the phrase Parktown Baronial. His first major volume on his City “Johannesburg Style” published in 1993 was said by Julian Cooke to “romp through politics, music, biography, industry and architecture”. Clive enjoyed many interests which gave him insight into context well beyond academic confines.

His next great work “Johannesburg Transition: Architecture and Society from 1950” appeared in 2008 and has become invaluable in examining developments which now fall in the protected category in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act i.e over 60 years old.

A great personal friend of our Chairman Kathy Munro. Clive happily joined her on bus tours for our members. The Heritage community will miss him deeply more especially as he rather enjoyed doing battle with sacred cows. Describing the vast art collection of the SABC he mentions 17 Pierneefs, one Alexis Preller and a giant Eduardo Villa in the private entrance vestibule. There were too, the dull icon portraits of a Nationalist hierarchy imbued with Caesarism.

Clive Chipkin



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