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Conservation Activities

 

Formal protection: for this we make an application to the Provincial Hritage Resources Authority of Gauteng PHRAG and have done so for:

Endstead 18 Escombe Avenue Parktown home of Herbert Baker’s first partner in Johannesburg, Ernest Wilmott Sloper

Park Station The old flatpack in cast iron at present standing as a skeleton in Newtown. Quote beautiful with a very rich history this served as the main railway station form 1894 – 1936 and then remained in use on its original site until 1953. It saw the soldiers of three wars off to the battlefields, welcomed the vast majority of travellers to the Golden City before aeroplanes and buses became efficient modes of public transport. We are also applying for the declaration of the missing ends which are at Esselen Park.

White House Hotel in Benoni: a beautiful neo Baroque building which served as an hotel until the 1970’s when it became an old age home and more recently has become a Kids Haven.

Listing for the Heritage Register:
This is a new site aiming to take up the slack left by the City of Johannesburg which never used our lists,  and of SAHRIS which seems to have lost its impetus.

The data inputting is costly but while Cape Town and Durban have had their lists for years, Joburg has lagged behind and it has become increasingly serious because the National Heritage Resources Act provides automatic protection for any structure more than 60 years old.  By listing what is conservation-worthy we hope to reduce the load on private owners who find themselves forced to make PHRAG applications despite the fact that the house has been altered so much its real age is unrecognisable.

To consult the Heritage register go to - www.heritageregister.co.za