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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER, 2017

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

ILLUSTRATED TALK - ’13 BUILDINGS – 13 PERSONALITIES’

SATURDAY, 2nd DECEMBER

In a remarkably short 13 decades, Johannesburg has developed from a ramshackle mining camp into a bustling metropolis. Its rich and complex built and social history, unrivalled in sub-Saharan Africa, is reflected in an eclectic and diverse streetscape, and a cosmopolitan citizenry.

Brian Kent McKechnie and Brett McDougall explore the making and shaping of the city through the lens of 13 iconic buildings and 13 influential personalities, covering its evolution from an Uitlander imposition in the heart of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, to a respectable outpost of the British Empire; from a City infatuated with American popular culture, to one that increasingly looks to Dubai and Shanghai for inspiration.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall and Brian McKechnie
MEET AT : Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members, including tea and biscuits
MAX No : 60

WALKING TOUR - ’THE MYSTERY AND DELIGHT OF JOHANNESBURG’S ARCADES’

SATURDAY, 9th DECEMBER

Johannesburg used to be a City of Arcades. They were an attractive investment to property owners, maximising valuable retail space, and a boon to shoppers, providing them with protection from the elements and the dirt and dust of City streets. Our Victorian and Edwardian arcades were charming: delicate cast iron structures supporting a glass roof canopy, the floors often exquisitely tiled. Almost all were lost in the rush to modernise and to make investments pay, but one survived this carnage.
Hidden between bustling Gandhi Square and a forgotten corner of Fox Street, Somerset House was boarded up by the United Building Society and used to house safety deposit boxes, its checker-board floor and green art-nouveau tiles lost to view. But now, through the vision of Gerald Olitzki who has revived nearby Gandhi Square, Fox Street and much beyond, it is being returned to its former glory.

We are privileged to be able to visit historic Somerset House on a tour that explores the City’s arcades. This is a tour not to be missed!

GUIDES : Flo Bird and David Gurney
PARK : You will park at Umoya House, entrance in Marshall street just off Rissik Street . There you will see a sign
"JHF tour Parking" and you will also find a guard who will direct the parking into the basement
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

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