Visit three of Parktown’s most romantic and eclectic mansions which were designed by very different architects whose aspirations matched their client’s dreams – Eikenlaan, Outeniqua and North Lodge. Two were threatened with a demolition by a motorway, and only a petition and public outrage saved them.
North Lodge is often described as Parktown's most romantic mansion, and was modelled on French and Scottish castles. It has been gloriously restored, and we learn how renovations revealed two small, hidden rooms in the lodge framework, supposedly used for religious purposes, and of the temperature changes and hauntings reported in the house.
Eikenlaan was designed as the home of James Goch, an eminent Joburg photographer, and Outeniqua for the manager of Ohlsson’s Breweries.
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GUIDES: Nicola Noble, Joy Campkin-Smith and Prof. Katherine Munro
PARK: Wits Business School, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown
DURATION: 3 hours
COST: R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAXIMUM No: 50