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A letter from Germany.

Post these days is a surprise in itself and a letter about a very special old building in Hillbrow is a joy.

Roger Lecucq who attended the “new” Deutsche Schule in Parktown, has sent pictures of the first Deutsche Schule dating back to 1891. Do enjoy them. Very romantic Bavarian- style architecture with masses of details and ornamentation. What a treasure it would be if we still had it today, but sadly it was demolished to make way for a tall office building north of the Friedenskirche bounded by Edith Cavell Street, Kaptein and Twist Streets. This was the office block we visited on our recent tour of Hillbrow where we were taken inside to see the Andre Huguenet Theatre.  

So if anyone can contribute information on the delightful old building and even more photographs and memories we would love to have them. The German community was very strong in Hillbrow with Café’s and Sausage stalls predominant in my memory but there was also a beerhall and dedicated young women who would report on police brutality during the apartheid era. In fact young German tourists still ask about Hillbrow so it must live on in the memories of their parents.

So keep the conversation flowing.    Who was the Architect?   Where are the old building plans. We have found the original architect’s drawings in Museum Africa’s collectiuon which we are busy catalaogiuing for the Museum and recording for ourselves. The Architect was JF KROLL and most of the buildings he designed with these flourishes and romantic plaster wrok have disappeared. So the drawings are even more treasured along with these pictures.  

PS We continue with the special architecterural legacy project which involves listing and cataloguing the drawings in the Museum Africa collection. They were being held safely, but without being catalogued they have been completely inaccessible. We’ll be publishing the lists for Parktown and Township Johannesburg very soon.  It is a major contribution from us with the assistance of GLH Architects and NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT WHATEVER from the City of Johannesburg. The City cares not one jot for its great asset Museum Africa.  SHAME ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ARTS CULTURE AND HERITAGE AND THE MMC.

More news about what we have found already in the next newsletter..

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Dear Flo

I would like to thank you and the members of the Heritage team for the beautiful card and generous donation you made to me for playing the organ during your visit to St. Mary’s.
I enjoyed all the enthusiasm and the atmosphere tremendously.

It is wonderful to know that the Church is getting some much needed T.L.C. through the Heritage Foundation and the generosity of the Donors. My Late Mother, Jean Little, was also part of the Foundation and I recall typing information into forms dealing with Historic Buildings on her behalf. I think it was during the period she was a Town Planner for Johannesburg.

On the strength of the wonderful afternoon we all had I have offered to play the Organ again at St. Mary’s for one Sunday a month – it will be the 4th Sunday of each month as I am committed elsewhere for the other three Sundays. I have always had one “Sunday off” but feel that the Organ should be played to “blow out the dust” and keep it “exercised” to keep it in tune and ensure that it lasts at least another 100 years!

I am a “lapsed” member of the Congregation but have been the Parish Accountant for the past four or five years so have remained in touch – albeit only “figure-wise”. Now it will be Organ –wise again.

Again, many thanks for your kindness and generosity – and also, in some way,  for getting me to make the decision to give up my “free” Sunday for the benefit of St. Mary’s.

It was good to see you again – and please pass my greetings to Mike when you are in touch with him.

Fond regards

Justin Little

 

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The Gift of the golden Key to the Refectory of St Joseph’s Children’s Home .

We had spotted the Key with its commemorative tag at the Auction of the contents of the Schreiner House in Parktown and as the bidding went way beyond expectations  we gave up hope of getting hold of it. But through the kind offices of William Gaul, Sarah Welham got hold of the succesful buyer, Ladislav Miklas of VAULT Antquies and told the story of the key. Sarah has been researching the history of St Joseph’s Children’s Home for Coloured Children which is perched high on the Sophiatown ridge.   She explained that Mr Justice Oliver Schreiner who had chaired the Board of the Home for many years had been given the key on the occasion of the opening in 1939. We wanted it simply to be able to mount it and give it to the Anglican Dicocese which now occupies the premises – the children having been moved to cottages nearby.

Ladi turned up trumps. He came to see the building which is a beautiful one designed by FLH FLeming and recently restored. He decided to give it to the Dicocese which was really generous.  Bishop Steve Moreo came down to the door for a short ceremony depicted in the photographs below.  Please note key and Bishop’s ring – a handsome twosome .

We will have the key mounted with photographs of the building and of Judge Schreiner, Ladi and the Bisop.  A very happy end to a rather exciting find of a heritage relic.
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Bedford Court

Heritage Tour Group - Bedford Court

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Hugh Solomon Building on Klein Street, Hillbrow Health Precinct. Val Hammerton, retired Theatre sister who trained here unveiled the plaque on 10th May just ahead of International Nurses Day on 12th May.

HUGH SOLOMON BUILDING

Designed by Gilbert St. John Cottrill in 1904, this was the first Nurses’ Home for the General Hospital. In 1926 a new wing was added, and in 1936 a new hall and dining-hall were completed by Gordon Leith. It was named after the Chairman of the Hospital Board from 1930-1955.  Dress regulations, training and deportment for the nurses were very strict.  In 2006 it was refurbished as the headquarters of the Hillbrow Health Precinct.

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Impressive entrance doors Hugh Solomon Building – the old Nurses’ Home.
Johannesburg's first operating theatre
The Colin Gordon  nursing Home in Esselen Street designed by Wilhelm Pabst now part of the Hillbrow health Precinct
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Lovely laundry chutes on the Ronald Mackenzie block of the old Johannesburg General Hospital. Designed by Gordon Leith. The building is in shocking condition, but that doesn’t conceal the outstanding architecture.
   

 

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197 minutes at Brixton Cemetery

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Mad Hatters Tea Party - Click here to view the photo's

 

View pictures of the recent 2010 Limpopo Tour - Click here!

Houghton Tour Photo's - Click here to view!

PWHT Tour On Main - Click here to view!

Hillbrow - Berea Tour - Click here to view!

Jeppestown Tour - Click here to view!

BRT Tour - Click here to view!

Yeoville Tour_18 May 2013 - Click here to view!

City & Suburban Tours - 18 July 2013 - Click here to view!

 

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