Rhodes House, Oxford, UK

Sir Hubert Baker
Date Built
South Parks Road
Rhodes House on South Parks Road in Oxford was established in the will of Cecil Rhodes as a centre for scholars from the U.S.A., the British Empire and Germany, so called Rhodes Scholars.  The house is regarded as a memorial to Rhodes and home to the Rhodes Trustees in Oxford.

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker it is now a Grade II* Listed building that is described in the listing comments as featuring, "... an H-shaped plan, in the C17 style of the region, with great hall in the central range and reading rooms, library and stairs in the west wing; in the forecourt to the north a Classical rotunda with a copper-clad dome and a tetrastyle portico, two colums deep."

The Pevsner Guide to Oxfordshire says that, "... The building is an oddity, but it has personality enough to rouse affection in some.  The one whose affections were strongest was Sir Hubert Baker, who in his memoirs quotes Sir Michael Sadler calling it, 'the most inspiring place in Oxford'."

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