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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MARCH, 2019

 

MARCH 2018

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘HISTORIC HOLLARD STREET AND THE MINERALS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA’

SATURDAY, 2nd MARCH

Hollard Street was for many years the site of Johannesburg’s Stock Exchange, and it retains various historic elements such as the bold sandstone name from the original Cullinan Building, the Stamp Battery from Langlaagte and the fountain representing the golden reef.  

We are most fortunate to be able to include a tour of the old Chamber of Mines building, now the Minerals Council of South Africa.

The Johannesburg Chamber of Mines was established in1887 in the Central Hotel in Commissioner Street. The founding companies of the Chamber read like a 'who's who of Joburg history' - The Corner House, representing Wernher & Beit, and led by H Eckstein and JB Taylor; Consolidated Gold Fields led by Cecil Rhodes; the Robinson Group led by JB Robinson; and the Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company led by Barney Barnato.
Completed between 1921 and 1923, the second Chamber of Mines Building constitutes an architectural and historic anchor in Hollard Street. Today the stepped façade of the building and spectacular cast concrete panels make it one of the City’s Art Deco treasures. But this was achieved through a remarkable reimagining of the building that was completed in 1954.

Explore this remarkable building and its surrounds with Flo Bird and Brian Kent McKechnie.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and Brian Kent McKechnie
PARK :
In the basement of the Minerals Council – enter from Marshall St. Meet at the fountain in Hollard Street.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

HOUSE TOUR - ‘LIFESTYLES OF VICTORIAN JOBURG’S RICH AND FAMOUS’

SUNDAY, 10th MARCH

This is a tale of rags to riches, of hard work and not a little luck, and the comforts that were enjoyed by the privileged few in the ramshackle colonial outpost of Johannesburg. Thomas Cullinan arrived in the City in 1887 a humble bricklayer, but by 1896 he was able to build The View, a fabulous statement of wealth on the Parktown ridge.

The richness of detail and ornamentation quite takes the breath away, and the impact of the interiors is heightened by the regalia and history of the Transvaal Scottish, which is proudly on display. This spectacular mansion has been beautifully restored.

We will explore the house and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans and the history of the Transvaal Scottish, and we will also learn of domestic life in Victorian and Edwardian Johannesburg. But the highlight for many will be tea and scones served in grand surroundings!

GUIDES : David Gurney and Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK : The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R170.00 for members and R240.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

 

BUS TOUR - ‘BACK TO THE 80s’

SUNDAY, 17th MARCH

Dust off your power suits, puff up your shoulder pads, and spray your perm in place, because we will be boarding our time travel bus to Johannesburg of the 1980s.
The 80s was lavish in its use of materials, and active in its use of decoration. Despite the sheen of its facades, it was a decade in which a sense of romanticism towards the past, either through literal imitation or allusion to its forms and ornaments, dominated design. The outcome was often exciting, luxurious and sumptuous, and sometimes just self-indulgent. Either way, it was a decade in which 70s utopian modernism was replaced by an acceptance of the complexity and kitsch of modern existence.

The decade started with a gold boom: economists predicted a growth rate of 5% and engineers reported being under massive pressure to meet their rushed deadlines. A remarkable series of buildings was conceived in this optimism: Jahn’s 11 Diagonal Street, a glittering blue diamond imposed on an historic urban fabric; the ethereal Johannesburg Sun and Towers; and the massive Standard Bank superblock, amongst others. Outside of the CBD, decentralisation to Sandton gathered steam, with its most remarkable product being the dramatically dark atrium of the Sandton Sun, its cascading waterfall and glass lifts providing a kinetic frisson unlike anywhere else in the City.

Join architects Yasmin Mayat, Brendan Hart and Brian Kent McKechnie as they explore the glitz and glamour of the 80s in Joburg, from the City through Parktown, and then to Sandton beyond.

GUIDES : Yasmin Mayat, Brendan Hart and Brian Kent McKechnie
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R370 for non-members
MAX No : 50

CEMETERY TOUR - ‘CRYPT, CREMATORIUM AND MEMORIAL WALLS – BRAAMFONTEIN CEMETERY’

SATURDAY, 30th MARCH

In the 1930’s thousands of people became eco-conscious and opted for cremation rather than burial. A British prime minister led the way in saving green spaces and it became fashionable rather than simply the cheapest route. This led to building the crematorium in the Braamfontein Cemetery. Until then cremations had taken place at the Hindu Crematorium in Brixton.  The stone boundary walls were divided into sections providing elegant space for memorial plaques, but no space for the ashes themselves which might be take home and kept on the mantle-piece.  

But for those who preferred to find their final resting place below ground there was the option of the crypt. Not really as creepy as it sounds. It does have some handsome mini caskets – small ones like jewel cases. And some distinguished remains.

Join our tour Saturday 30th March to encounter Sir Willem van Hulsteyn, the ghost of Frank Wild and Gandhi’s German secretary, Sonja Schlesin.

GUIDES : Clare van Zwietan, Flo Bird and Sarah Welham
PARK : Braamfontein Cemetery, within the grounds close to the crematorium
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

Bookings can be made either through this office 011 482-3349 / mail@joburgheritage.co.za or through Computicket.

 

 

 

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