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EVENTS

MEMBERS’ TOURS

PROGRAMME

APRIL TO JUNE, 2017

 

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SECOND QUARTER PROGRAMME

APRIL 2017

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘BRIXTON’

SATURDAY, 1st APRIL

In the 1890s Brixton and neighbouring Auckland Park, were home to infamous “slaughter houses” which were “without exception dirty and in bad condition and… a perfect disgrace”. So it must have been a relief when, in 1902, the suburb was surveyed for residential development.  Its proximity to both the City and the mines ensured that stands were soon sold and built on, and it developed into a bustling, working class neighbourhood. So it comes as no surprise then that residents were involved in the 1922 strike - in a dramatic episode strikers were driven off the Brixton ridge where their positions were bombarded by artillery and by attacks from the air.

In the 1980s it would be among the first suburbs in the City to throw off apartheid segregation, and today it stands on the cusp on another dramatic change, and is likely to see densification and transformation of its fabric as part of the Corridors of Freedom initiative.

Join us on an exploration of Brixton past and present, its architecture and personalities.

GUIDES : David Gurney and John-John de Castro
PARK : On the street, at the corner of Putney and Wimbledon
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

WALKING TOUR -  ‘THE CITY BY NIGHT’

FRIDAY, 7th APRIL

Please be aware that in light of the proposed march through the CBD on Friday, 7th April, Brett McDougall and Brian McKechnie, have decided that it is best to postpone Friday’s tour to Saturday, 8th April at 17h00.

Should you have already booked please indicate whether you would like to participate on Saturday.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.  Details are as follows -

 

A visit to the Rand Club's historic and beautiful Main Bar - considered the longest bar in Africa – gives us an excuse to explore Joburg’s Financial District at night.

The area contains some of the City’s most important buildings – the magnificent Edwardian streetscape at Harrison and Fox; the art deco Aegis building, Union Castle Building; and the towering, cathedral-like Standard Bank Centre which stands in glorious isolation in its own plaza. But perhaps the most impressive of all is 44 Main Street, illumination enhancing its monumentality at night.

Join Brian and Brett on a tour sharing their passion for the architecture and vitality of Joburg.

GUIDES : Brian Kent McKechnie and Brett McDougall
PARK : On Loveday and Fox Streets. Meet Brian at the entrance of the Rand Club. Drinks for your own account.
TIME : 18h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

LUNCH TOUR - ‘FROM THE GALLOWAY PONY CLUB TO THE REA VAYA’ - A SHORT HISTORY OF AUCKLAND PARK ENJOYED AT LUNCHEON

SUNDAY, 23th APRIL

The historic home that now houses Piza e Vino used to be situated in a quiet corner of genteel Auckland Park, next to the golf course and a stone’s throw from the Johannesburg Country Club. But Johannesburg allows very little to remain unchanged, and over the past century we have seen the demise of the Galloway Pony Club, then the Links of the Golf Course, and now the Perth-Empire Corridor of Freedom looks set to eradicate what little remains of the bucolic origins of Auckland Park.

So before everything disappears, Join Dennis Adams as he tells us how Auckland Park was named, its early history, its flirtation with Afrikaner Nationalism and what its future may be. And this all over an enjoyable luncheon in charming surroundings.

GUIDES : Dennis Adams
PARK : Piza e Vino, corner of Lothbury Road and Fawley Avenue, Auckland Park
TIME : 12h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R250 per person, excluding drinks
MAX No : 40

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘FROM CONCESSION TO CO-OPERATION’

SATURDAY, 29th APRIL

Modderfontein’s history is intrinsically linked to that of Johannesburg, and owes its existence to the discovery of gold and the need for explosives manufacturing. But despite its origins in heavy industry, It has a distinctive "village atmosphere". Many of the century-old buildings are still in use today, including some with strong Anglo-Boer war connections.  Add to this many interesting personalities and there is a recipe for a fascinating exploration of a Johannesburg suburb.

We start our tour earlier than usual so that we finish in time for you to explore the marvellous farmer’s market that takes place in the grounds of the Museum once a month. And perhaps you’ll be tempted to stay for lunch at the marvellous 33 High Street nearby.

GUIDES : Keith Martin and Clare van Zweiten
PARK : At Museum – directions below
TIME : 10h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members – which includes a donation to the Modderfontein Conservation Society
MAX No : 50

DIRECTIONS:
GPS coordinates for the Museum where we will meet are:
S26degrees;05';45.8"   E28degrees;09';7.01"
Physical address is 2 Main Street, Modderfontein.

Travelling on N3 South, take London Road exit (next after Marlboro). 
At intersection with Johannesburg Rd (2nd traffic light), turn left (down avenue of tall fir trees)
At traffic circle take second left (Valley Road) - at traffic circle (in the valley) cross over (Church on LHS) continue along Valley Road.
Continue up the hill after the road takes a left turn at "Willow Bridge".  Pass under Gautrain bridge.  Go through traffic circle.  Next left at the "industrial fountain"
Turn left at T junction into Main Rd 
Museum is first building on RHS.

If travelling on N3 North

Take Modderfontein exit (next after Linksfield)
Continue on R25 (P91) (avenue of fir trees) passing through traffic lights at Edenvale turn off (to the right).  Over the hill.  Through next traffic light
Take slip road to the left into Johannesburg Road when R25 curves to the right.
Meet up with intersection with London Road (traffic lights)

Follow directions above

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MAY 2017

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘NEW DOORNFONTEIN’

SATURDAY, 13th MAY

The marketing gurus of Propertuity have recently rebranded the neighbourhood bounded by Marshall Street in the south and the railway track in the north Maboneng, “Place of Light”. But before the coffee shops, artisanal bakeries and rooftop bars, this precinct of mainly New Doornfontein had a vitality and historical richness unequalled in the city.

Under the expert guidance of Alkis Doucakis, who for many years has exhaustively researched the area, we explore the city’s earliest water sources, a unique industrial heritage, places of worship, and the influence of waves of migration.

What lies behind the veneer of rapid gentrification in the area will surprise many – Ball’s Rickshaw Hire, Reverend Goodenough and the American Zulu Church, and the “black spot” of the Molefe, Makapan, Mvuyana, Magonyane, Brown and Rooi yards.

Our tour explores the historical fabric of New Doornfontein, but also celebrates the new, including a visit to Ghanaian architect David Adjaye’s Hallmark House.

GUIDES : Alkis Doucakis and Brett McDougall
PARK : On the street at the intersection of Beacon and Staib Streets
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

WALKING TOUR - ‘STARSTRUCK IN URANIA VILLAGE’

SATURDAY, 20th MAY

Johannesburg’s historic Observatory occupies the highest point in the city and commands magnificent views of the city and its suburbs and, of course, the cosmos! There is much of architectural interest. The original wood and iron director’s house is probably the oldest building, but there are three Baker gems too: the original observatory, the elegant library, and the director’s house.

We start our tour of this historic corner of Johannesburg at the Observatory, where we will explore the SAIEE Museum and have access to the telescope room. We then meander down Urania Road to view homes from Observatory’s golden period, including a magnificent art deco Mediterranean villa designed on the eve of the stock market crash by Issy Wayburne that is rumoured to have had a role in the anti-apartheid struggle.

Our tour ends back at the Observatory, where patrons will be able to purchase refreshments to enjoy for lunch in glorious May sunshine.

GUIDES : Monique Jefferson McDonald and Prof. Katherine Munro
PARK : The Observatory, 18A Gill Street, Observatory
TIME : 10h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members – which includes a donation to the Urania Village Residents Association
MAX No : 60

Food and drink will be on sale – so be sure to bring cash!

 

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

SATURDAY, 27th MAY

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.

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 : Dr Alexandra Parker and Colin Berger
PARK : The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R130.00 for members and R190.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

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JUNE 2017

WALKING TOUR - ‘THE MARKET THEATRE PRECINCT UNDERGOES A SPECTACULAR TRANSFORMATION"

SATURDAY, 3rdJUNE

The Market Theatre has been at heart our City’s cultural life since it was founded in 1976. We are all familiar with the magnificent Edwardian market building that first housed the Theatre and later Museum Africa, but over the last few years a number of new developments have expanded the capacity and reach of the Theatre.

KMH Architects have been responsible for a new building housing a photographic school, theatre laboratory and the Market Theatre Foundation administration. Its design is uncompromisingly contemporary, but skilfully references the materials and forms of the surrounding historic fabric, and incorporates one of the few remaining native eating houses that were once an integral part of the segregated city.

Mashabane Rose was commissioned to design a new theatre to replace the old Laager Theatre. The building sits in a wedge between two historic buildings, and connects them in the manner of a bridge, and provides a very direct engagement with the Potato Sheds retail development next door.

We are privileged to be shown these and other exciting developments by Wayne Mansfield of KMH.

The tour will include a viewing of the JHF’s historic architectural drawings project on exhibition at Museum Africa. They reveal not only the art of the architect, but the fine craftsmanship of the draughtsmen who have since been replaced by computers. Our earliest find is a cottage in Braamfontein dating back to 1890, and the most spectacular Sir Julius Jeppe’s home Friedenheim. Pen-y-brynn in Parktown, affectionately as Turnip Towers, by Jones and Draiby is a close second.

GUIDES : Wayne Mansfield, Brett McDougall and Flo Bird
PARK : Newtown Junction parking – enter from Miriam Makeba Street
MEET : At the entrance of the Market Theatre
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

HERITAGE HIKE - ‘A WILD AND SOLITARY PLACE’

SATURDAY, 10thJUNE

In 1892 the future Lady Phillips, the ‘Queen of Johannesburg’, escaped the noise and dirt of ramshackle Johannesburg for the peace of the open rocky hills just north of the town. Here the low ridge of the Witwatersrand shelved away into a vista of empty veld. This “wild and solitary” place instantly caught her imagination, and she soon persuaded her husband that they should build a house there. Leaders of Joburg’s social set, where the Philips went others followed, and Parktown was soon Johannesburg’s most fashionable suburb.

Though much has changed in the past 125 years, the legacy of the Phillips and Sir Lionel’s employer, The Corner House, lives on in Parktown and its neighbours. Our walk explores the unique terrain and historic ridge homes of Parktown and Westcliff, before plunging down the Westcliff stairs to Kilkenny Road in Parkview and its castle. We’ll discover the real estate genius of Hermann Eckstein, who planted three million trees to service the mining industry in the Sachsenwald, and then turned the plantation into a smart suburb around the Zoo Lake. And then we’ll explore Joburg’s ritziest flatland, Killarney, the product of business genius Isidore Schlesinger who imbued it with unparalleled style.

Our hike covers 12.5km of hilly terrain in 4 to 5 hours. Wear sensible shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Eat a good breakfast before you join us, bring plenty of water and a small packed lunch that will be eaten along the way.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall, Ed Coogan and Mike Bagley
PARK : Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 09h00
DURATION : 4 to 5 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

 

WALKING TOUR - 'NUMBER FOUR AND THE PRISONERS OF THE SOWETO UPRISING'

SATURDAY, 17thJUNE

Though the history of Constitution Hill has been documented in great detail, the detention of the leaders of the June 16th Soweto Youth Uprising in No 4 prison has received little attention.

To commemorate the events of that fateful day, we will be exploring the Soweto Uprising and its aftermath with one of the Uprising’s leaders, Seth Mazibuko, at Constitution Hill starting with the Old Fort.

Seth was detained without charge for nearly a year in the punishment cells of Number 4. Number 4 was the most dreaded prison of that time and held mainly those already sentenced, so confining the youth of June 16th was sheer torture.

The prison experience starts as we enter the tunnel into whose maw prisoners were fed, arriving in black Marias.

GUIDES : Flo Bird, Tshenolo and Seth Mazibuko
START : In front of the Tunnel into the Old Fort.  Park in Kotze Street
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2.5 hours
COST : R130.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘THE NATAL BANK BUILDING’

SATURDAY, 24thJUNE

The Natal Bank is Johannesburg’s oldest bank building, and one of the most beautiful. It was designed by Carter and McIntosh in 1899, but the South African War interrupted building, and in 1903 McIntosh and a new partner, Moffat, redesigned elements and completed the building. It has a fine classical revival façade, with rusticated granite detail at ground level, topped with white plaster Ionic columns that culminate in French Renaissance pediments. The interior is equally impressive, particularly the banking hall where classical columns draw the eye to the sombre and dignified ceiling detail, and the semi-circular window draws in glorious light and life from the street.

But its history is even more fascinating, having been used as bank, as a rehearsal space by a theatre group, a museum, and as the headquarters of the nascent Bureau of State Security (BOSS) during the politically fraught 1960s.

And now it looks set to have a bright future. Oresti Patricios, CEO of Ornico, a brand and media intelligence company, is passionate about the energy and soul of Johannesburg’s historic inner city and Ornico will soon occupy the restored building.  Marvel at this historic beauty, be fascinated by its history, and be inspired by its exciting future on our tour.

GUIDES : Prof. Katherine Munro and Judith Cabral
PARK : As close as you can to 90 Albertina Sisulu Street, but mind the bus lanes! Or use the Rea Vaya or Uber to town.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

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