“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”
― Robertson Davies
The Santos Pavilion in Mossel Bay was built on the Santos Beach in 1906 by a local architect who traveled to Brighton, England to get his inspiration for this beautiful Victorian sandstone building. It was a popular meeting place during the 1920’s and 1930’s for the local community to gather and listen to live music on the beach. Sadly it was damaged by fire in 1979 which destroyed, not only the roof but much of the woodwork as well and the grand old building was earmarked for demolition. Happily, it was saved by private company who undertook to restore it.
The Pavilion is now used as Restaurant and Terry and I took ourselves down to Santos beach very early one morning to photograph it.
and lastly, the view from the Pavilion…
All my love