Houghton has always been regarded as one of Johannesburg’s more exclusive suburbs, characterized by gracious homes, surrounded by beautiful gardens and shady tree lined wide avenues. Houghton has an interesting history, having been divided into Upper and Lower Houghton each with its own ambiance and linked via Munro Drive. The residential history goes back to the early 20th century in Upper Houghton and to the interwar period in Lower Houghton.


Old Postcard of Munro Drive

New city policies of densification and the trend towards smaller secure multi dwelling complexes has meant that Houghton ‘s heritage is under threat. Property developers and owners have seen opportunities in the subdivision of large acre stands and opt for the sale and redevelopment of properties, allowing old homes {often by significant Johannesburg architects} to be demolished and land to be recycled for newer homes of all types.
Kathy Munro will be our guest speaker as we seek to raise awareness about Houghton’s heritage. This talk will explore the past history of the suburb and Kathy will address questions  such as defining a heritage home and the requirements and legislation regarding structures over 60 years old. What constitutes a heritage house? Is an old house a Heritage House? Does your house merit a Blue Plaque?  Who is responsible for preserving the heritage of Houghton and what can local residents associations do to engage with heritage issues?
The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (JHF) is a voluntary NGO which works to identify and protect Johannesburg heritage.  The role of the Houghton Ratepayers Associations (Upper and Lower) in joining the JHF to preserve Houghton’s heritage will be discussed.
Join us for an informative talk and discussion led by Professor Munro. She is a heritage researcher and writer and is Vice-Chair of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. She is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand.

  • Date:  Wednesday 27th March
  • Time: 7.30 pm
  • Venue: Killarney Country Club
  • Cost: Free for members / R50 for non-members
  • RSVP: admin@lhra.joburg

The talk will be followed by snacks and drinks. 

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