Oldest Buildings in Johannesburg
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 18:53
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Lucille Davie wrote a fantastic piece on Johannesburg's oldest buildings in the early 2000s. Using her research as well as work done by the community here is a powerful list. If you have any buildings to add please do so in the comments section below. Feel free to correct any of the dates if applicable.

NB Note: There are a number of archaeological sites around Johannesburg with evidence of early structures (Northcliff, Klipriviersberg, Lonehill, Melville Koppies, Linksfield etc.). Feel free to add details.
 

  1. 1852: Original Bezuidenhout Farmhouse, Bezuidenhout Valley - via City of Joburg
  2. 1860: Hy Many House, Randpark Ridge
  3. 1861: The Gables, Weltevreden Farm House - courtesy Brendan Hart
  4. 1863: Main Bezuidenhout Farmhouse, Bezuidenhout Valley
  5. 1871: Edgson's Store, Muldersrift - courtesy Rod Kruger
  6. 1885: Walker's Cottage (Ruins - built for the Struben Brothers), Constantia Kloof courtesy Rod Kruger
  7. 1886: Klipfontein Farm, Overlooking Orange Grove Norwood - courtesy Guy
  8. 1887: Emmarentia Farmhouse, Emmarentia
  9. ​1887: Building on the corner of Rockey and Davies Street, Doornfontein (confirmation needed)
  10. 1887: Bree Street Police Station. Inner City (confirmation needed)
  11. 1887: Booysens Hotel (confirmation needed) - courtesy Jacques Stoltz (JHF spreadsheet says 1890)
  12. 1888: Remains of Bettelheim House, Doornfontein - research by Oscar Norwich
  13. 1889: St Mary's the Less, Jeppestown
  14. 1890: Forester's Cottage, Parktown
  15. 1891: House Hains, Yeoville - courtesy Brendan
  16. 1892: Fashion Kapitol Cottage, Inner City - courtesy Brendan
  17. 1892: Kimberley House Facade, Inner City
  18. 1892: The Fort, Constitution Hill
  19. 1895: 12 Park Lane, Parktown - courtesy Brendan Hart
  20. 1895: Three Castles Building, Inner City (references have been found for 1894, 95, 96, 97 & 98)
  21. 1895: Another Fashion Kapitol Cottage, Inner City - courtesy Brendan Hart
  22. 1896: Sunnyside, Parktown (some sources put it at 1894) - courtesy Nick
  23. 1896: Grand Station Hotel (Norman's Grill) - courtesy Marc Latilla
  24. 1896: The View, Parktown
  25. 1896: Windybrow, Hillbrow
  26. 1896: 32-34 Alexander Street Ferreiras Dorp - via JHF researchers
  27. 1896: Kazerne Buildings, Diagonal Street
  28. 1896/97: Old Park Station - via Jacques Stoltz
  29. 1896/97: Markhams
  30. 1897: Manchester Hotel (demolished)
  31. 1897: Victory House
  32. 1897: Rissik Street Post Office
  33. 1897: Operating Theatre, Hillbrow Health Precinct
  34. 1897: Christ Church, Mayfair - courtesy Derek
  35. 1897: Jeppe Post Office - courtesy Marc
  36. 1897: Kensington Sanitorium - courtesy Marc
  37. 1897: Ranath House, Joubert Street
  38. 1897: Penlan Building, Eloff Street
  39. 1897: Melrose House - courtesy Brendan
  40. 1897: Transvaal Chinese United Club - JHF survey via Jacques Stoltz
  41. 1898: Villa Mayfair (cnr 9th Battery Mayfair) - courtesy Derek
  42. 1899: Cosmopolitan Hotel - courtesy Marc Latilla

Additions without a specific date:

  1. Late 19th Century ZAR Period: Old Prison and Gaoler's House, Roodepoort - courtesy Brendan and Rod Kruger
  2. 1890s: De Klerks Coppersmith
  3. 1890s: Old house in Goldman Street, Florida - via Rod Kruger

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