Renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker designed this Joburg mansion and Italianate garden (with its clipped arches and columns) at Northwards for Colonel John Dale Lace, in 1904. The diamond-mining magnate shared it with his eccentric wife, José.
Josephine Dale Lace was a flamboyant Johannesburg socialite who was often seen in a carriage drawn by a team of zebras. The Dale Laces were owners of one of Johannesburg's most prominent historic landmarks, the Parktown mansion 'Northwards', designed by British architect Herbert Baker in 1904.
Hy-Many Blue Plaque The property began its life as a humble farmhouse before being transformed into a grand country estate by the famous Randlord John Dale Lace and his charismatic wife Jose. In the 1920s a businessman named Tom Kelly bought the property and called it Hy-Many House after his family estate in Ireland.