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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MARCH, 2018

 

APRIL 2018

 

ILLUSTRATED TALK - ‘EXPLORING CHURCH ARCHITECTURE IN GAUTENG’

SATURDAY, 14th APRIL

In the span of three remarkable books, authors Philippe Menache and Darryl Earl David exposed the extraordinary variety and beauty of SA’s ecclesiastical architecture. Collectively, their books now form a superb record of over 300 churches, mostly pre-1940, and serve as a rich photographic catalogue of interiors as well as exteriors. The churches explored are traditional and historical in design and origin, regardless of denomination. The details of pulpits, pews, organs, stained glass windows, bells and belfries, foundation stones, lych-gates, memorials, roofs and rafters remind us that church craftsmanship in stone and wood, brick and metal was of a high standard throughout the country. Pulpits for example often have intricate woodwork patterns echoing wood carving traditions seen in ancient cathedrals and churches in Europe. We are reminded that the church was the core of a vibrant country community and often an expression of its loftiest artistic ideals.

In this illustrated lecture on churches in Gauteng, we are privileged to have one of the authors, Philippe Menache, talk to us about his passion for ecclesiastical architecture, and to persuade us why this heritage is so important to preserve. The three books by Menache and David will be on sale.

GUIDES : Philippe Menache
PARK :
Holy Family College, 40 Oxford Road, Parktown (enter from 3rd Avenue)
MEET AT: The Sisonke Centre
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90 for members, R150 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

BUS TOUR - ‘MAINLY MALVERN WITH SOME ART DECO GEMS’

SATURDAY, 21st APRIL

Put on your rose-tinted glasses for a drive along Jules Street where we’ll be seeing some art deco shops. then we get to Bishop Bavin School – a very fine Baker- Fleming building of hammer-dressed stone, developed for St George’s Boys’ Home and later changed to a private boys’ school.
Sorry, we can’t visit the Art Deco house – just glimpse it as we pass by on the bus.

Also an old and dilapidated station precinct in Denver. What delightful urban designers worked for the council at that time!  Actually they had no such grand titles. They were just humble members of the Town Engineer’s department but they had some grand visions. Then to the delightful Tram Terminus Building built in 1911 on the edge of Germiston. The handsome Masonic Lodge in Cleveland catches our eye. It has housed attorneys for the past 87 years who have been most respectful of the heritage building and trees.  The Malvern Swimming Baths with superb brickwork have fortunately been untouched by modernization and we get a big surprise at finding a Baker House in Malvern East, a remnant we suspect of the Stanhope Mine. Next comes Assumption Convent and we reach the highpoint of our art deco delights with 176 Galteemore Street, where we’ll be unveiling a plaque and even take a peep inside.

Home via historic Kensington.

This tour is mainly a Bus Tour with optional stops, and so is suitable for those who are mobility impaired.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and William Gaul
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 13h30 – please note early start time!
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R250 for members and R300 for non-members
MAX No : 50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1


MAY 2018

 

BUS TOUR - ‘A BRIDGE TOO FAR’ The Bridges and Bridgeheads in Centurion that played a role during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899- 1902

SATURDAY, 5th MAY

The saying from the Second World War, "a bridge too far", epitomizes the heroic actions of men and women that fall short of achieving their goals. Centurion is rich in Anglo-Boer War history that illustrates this saying. The stories are closely related to the infrastructure of that time which is still visible today. Some parts, however, are under threat and it is unknown whether they will withstand the pressures of time. Enhancing our knowledge is essential to the process of recalling our heritage.

The tour aims to introduce four bridges or bridgeheads in Centurion that played a role in the progress of the Second Anglo-Boer War. These structures will allow us to explore the related history and also show specific architectural concepts from this period.
In addition, we shall have lunch at Smuts House and enjoy a visit to the Museum housed in the Big House, the home for many years of General Jan Christian Smuts and his family.

We will be led by an expert in this field, Albert Jansen. This is a tour not to be missed!

GUIDES : Albert Jansen and Janet Hughes
MEET :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : Leaving at 08h00, returning at 17h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R400 for members and R460 for non-members, including lunch
MAX No : 40

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

Booking only through the office, at 011 482 3349 or mail@joburgheritage.co.za
When booking, please specify lunch preference:

Booking only through mail@joburgheritage.co.za

 

 

ILLUSTRATED TALK - ‘CIRCLE’

SATURDAY, 12th MAY

For a City founded on a Triangle on which a rigid grid of Rectangles was imposed, isn’t it strange that some of our most sublime structures take their inspiration from the Circle?
The circle, a symbol of unity and of infinity, the most perfect of geometric forms, has been embraced by Johannesburg architects in all thirteen decades, and is equally at home in domestic Edwardian architecture as it is in monumental Brutalist apartment blocks.
In a discursive and irreverent exploration of the subject, Brett McDougall visits Joburg’s corners and cupolas, spires and spirals, towers and turrets. He finds circles in solemn civic statements and in our incomparable industrial legacy. And he discovers that the circle transcends cultures, manifesting as both a rondavel and laager, and is common inspiration for mosques and synagogues alike.

Join Brett on a fascinating and entertaining survey of the Circle.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall
MEET :
Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No :60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘ROYAL WEDDING TEA: A CELEBRATION OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY IN JOBURG’

SATURDAY, 19th MAY

In the crown jewels of the United Kingdom are two diamonds from the original Cullinan Diamond. The largest, the Great Star of Africa, is mounted in the head of the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross. The second-largest is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa, set in the Imperial State Crown. This is the most glamorous of Johannesburg’s royal connections but there are many.
In celebration of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the JHF is hosting a talk and tea at the home of Sir Thomas Cullinan. Surrounded by sumptuous wallpapers Monique will guides us through royal wedding memorabilia and details, including all the beautiful wedding gowns.

We will also explore all of Johannesburg’s royal visits and the many honours paid to the monarchy embedded in Johannesburg’s place and street names. We will explore the house and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans but the highlight for many will be tea and scones served in grand surroundings!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK :
The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 10h30 (Note earlier starting time)
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R150.00 for members and R220.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘THREE NEW BLUE PLAQUES FOR TROYEVILLE’

SATURDAY, 26th MAY

Troyeville is one of our city’s oldest suburbs, and is the only township in Johannesburg started by Hollanders. Its architectural fabric encompasses the late Victorian, Edwardian and art deco, and its situation on a hill facing the skyscrapers of Hillbrow makes it one of Joburg’s most picturesque neighbourhoods.
We start in Beelaerts Street, and explore the fascinating surrounding neighbourhood.
The imposing mansion on the corner of Pretoria and Clarence Streets in Troyeville, Clarence House, is visible from as far as Yeoville. The steep twin gables and use of stone, contrasting with white decorative finishes on the corners and around the windows and doors, lends it an impressive dignity. Home to the Master of the High Court in 1905 it certainly has a powerful presence. In 1925 it was purchased by the Salvation Army, and was for many years used as a training centre. We delve into it history of rather special ladies – Gwen Gill and Jennifer Ferguson - and you will love exploring from basement to the attic rooms, all in elegant state thanks to the new owners from Hollard.

The highlight of the tour will be the unveiling of blue plaques at three Johannesburg landmarks: Johannesburg’s oldest Dutch Reformed Church, the delightful Art Deco building, Beryl Court, and finally Clarence House.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and Clare Eisenstein
MEET AT :
The corner of Pretoria and Clarence Streets, Troyeville
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

JUNE 2018

 

BUS TOUR - ‘TIME TRAVEL’

SUNDAY, 3rd JUNE

In a famous quote, Herman Charles Bosman wrote that the Joburg citizen “was imbued with one laudable desire of making all the money he could in the shortest possible time.” That, and the City’s cycles of boom and bust have resulted in an architectural landscape that Clive Chipkin memorably describes as a “dustbin of discarded styles”.
But, those who know the City well can guide you to Johannesburg streets where time has stood still, and where an elusive architectural uniformity still exists. We travel through time to explore turn of the century high street architecture in Jeppestown, including a handsome pharmacy and liquor merchant. Nearby, we find a remarkably preserved set of cottages and a corner store, and then we travel into town via a street of modest semi-detached cottages in Bertrams, still bravely holding on amongst the surrounding decay.
Our next stop is altogether grander, the commercial centre of Johannesburg in 1910. In the area we’ll be exploring not only do the buildings share a decade, but most were constructed by two respected and clearly well-connected architectural firms.

Finally we’ll explore our City’s art deco heritage, still resplendent in a street that has changed little from the 1940s.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall and Judith Cabral
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R250 for members and R300 for non-members
MAX No : 50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

WALKING TOUR - ‘HIDDEN PARKTOWN’ AN EXPLORATION OF THE PINES, AND THE STONE WORKERS’ ROOMS, COACH HOUSE AND STABLES OF VILLA ARCADIA

SATURDAY, 9th JUNE

This tour explores a corner of Parktown hidden by huge trees which has been nurtured by Hollard for some years now. We set off from our parking at The Pines uphill to the old Coach House and Stables designed by Baker for the Phillips as part of the Villa Arcadia estate. These have been adapted for office use and yet there are interesting elements which you will enjoy spotting – the cosy holes in the gable for doves to find sanctuary in winter, the wooden ladder up to the hayloft, tiny stairs serving the old staff quarters for coachman and stable hands.  Then up the hill to see what Hollard has made of the row of stone workers’ rooms with their wonderful views to the north.

Back down we go for an inside tour of The Pines with its galleried hall and the finest bathroom and shower in the city. Hollard has recently restored this wonderful house built in 1906 for a bachelor and enlarged for PM Anderson by Gordon Leith. It is a lovely and rather stately home and it is a real privilege to get inside again after being excluded for so many years by its previous owner.

GUIDES : Nicola Noble and Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK :
The Pines, 5 Gordon Hill, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

HOUSE TOUR - ‘BEAUVAIS – TRACEY’S FOLLY’

SATURDAY, 16th JUNE

Beauvais was originally built for Percival White Tracey, who had made a fortune mining diamonds – first in Kimberley, and later in Cullinan. When it was built in 1907 it was so far out of town on such appalling tracks that Tracey burst several tires while inspecting the works, and was popularly known as Tracey’s Folly!

During the ten years that the family lived at Beauvais, it was the scene of glittering social functions, as well as tragedy. Hear more about the Traceys and subsequent owners in one of Johannesburg’s most magnificent homes, and experience the painstaking task of the current owner to sensitively restore the building to its current glory.

GUIDES : Judith Cabral and Franky Toussaint
PARK :
Cargo Carriers, 11a Road, Mountainview
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

HERITAGE HIKE - ‘FORGOTTEN TEMPLES, MONUMENTS AND BRIDGES OF KLIPFONTEIN AND SYFERFONTEIN’

SATURDAY, 23rd JUNE

The many tributaries of the Sandspruit that flowed through the farms Syferfontein and Klipfontein created a rich and fertile landscape, and though the farms are gone, many historic structures on the spruit remain.

We visit a series of bridges built by the City Engineer’s department between 1926 and 1938 in unusual sympathy with their context. These structures, built from locally sourced granite, have weathered decades of neglect and look as beautiful today as when they were built.

Our City’s rivers were not only important for agriculture, but also for doing the laundry! It may surprise some to hear that one of Joburg’s earliest laundries was founded on the banks of the Sandspruit by Tamil labourers in the vicinity of Melrose in the late 1890s, and that this community has endured to this day. Our walk takes us past their Shree Siva Subramaniar Temple.

In this vicinity can also be found two of Joburg’s lesser known memorials, to the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940 and to the fighter pilots of World War II.

And our walk will also encompass some of our earliest residential architecture – a house in Oaklands dating back to 1896, and the oldest existing houses in Abbotsford, Norwood and The Gardens.

This walk is approximately 10km long, and is only suitable for the fit! It will take us 4 hours to complete. Please wear a sunscreen and hat, good walking shoes, and bring water and a packed lunch to enjoy along the way.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall, Ed Coogan and Mike Bagley
PARK :
Norwood Mall, enter from 6th Avenue, Highlands North
MEET : Outside the Post Office at Norwood Mall
TIME : 09h00
DURATION : Approximately 4 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members; R60 per person for group bookings of 10 or more
MAX No : 70

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

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