Johannesburg

Joburg Heritage Spring Season 2018

Saturday Dec 1 14:00       2 St Davids Pl & St Andrews Rd, Parktown
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The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation's Spring Season of weekly tours presents a packed programme of heritage-themed walks and talks including visits to grand local heritage buildings and gardens, bus tours as well as tours around some of the city’s older and less explored neighbourhoods guided by Johannesburg Heritage Foundation's passionate local historians.

Highlights of the Spring 2018 programme include:

Sat Oct 27 at 10:00 | Magical Modderfontein walking tour
Established in 1894, the suburb of Modderfontein owes its origins to the need to manufacture dynamite (the factory needed to be built far away enough from the growing city to quell the community’s fears about the manufacture of explosives). Much of Modderfontein's original turn-of-the-century architecture still survives today and this walking tour stops at many of the area's most notable historic landmarks such as The Modderfontein Dynamite Company Museum. Bring your cameras along as this route is also filled with beautiful mature jacaranda trees that should be in full bloom.

Sun Nov 4 at 14:00 | Johannesburg Panoramas walking tour
Led by historians Clive Chipkin and Katherine Munro, this special bus tour explores Joburg’s ridges in search of the grandest panoramic views of the city and its man-made forest. From the fast-disappearing mine dumps to the natural beauty hidden on Joburg's koppies, the tour interrogates how Joburg’s geography contributed to its urban layout, delving into the complex layers of migrant history reflecting in the city's architecture. The tour includes four viewpoints and stops as Chipkin and Munro try to unpack and understand which ideas helped shape Joburg’s built form and development.

Sun Nov 11 at 10:00 | Very Downton Abbey - Glenshiel and its neighbours walking tour
In 1908 Sir William and Lady Dalrymple commissioned renowned South African architect Herbert Baker to design them a home on the Westcliff ridge. The result was Glenshiel, a butterfly-winged home so palatial that when the house was gifted to the Order of St John by Major Haggie, the stables were transformed into a spacious home for him. Starting at the Ridge School, which was originally called the Woolsack, the walking tour takes a look around the beautiful interiors and gardens of the magnificent Glenshiel as well as other impressive stops including the beautiful Pallinghurst, a Gothic mansion that is now the home of Hope School and has delightful views over Zoo Lake, .

Sat Dec 1 at 14:00 | North Lodge, Outeniqua and Eikenlaan walking tour
Designed by three different architects, Parktown’s North Lodge, Outeniqua and Eikenlaan are considered the suburb’s most romantic and eclectic mansions with North Lodge taking the title of Parktown’s most romantic mansion. Inspired by French and Scottish castles, North Lodge’s recent renovations revealed two small hidden rooms and the mansion also has a reputation for being haunted. 
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Date

Venue

Oct 27 2018 10:00
AECI Dynamite Company Museum
2 Main St, Modderfontein
Nov 4 2018 14:00
Sunnyside Park Hotel
Prince of Wales Terrace (cnr Carse O'Gowrie Rd), Parktown
Nov 11 2018 10:00
The Ridge School
26 Woolston Road, Westcliff
Dec 1 2018 14:00
Wits Business School
2 St Davids Pl & St Andrews Rd, Parktown
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