JOBURG’S HISTORIC GEMS WITH A MODERN SPIN

Johannesburg has a significant place in South Africa’s history and continues to be the birthplace of new innovations, culture and trends. We take a look at some iconic and historic Joburg gems that have found a new lease on life, having been revitalised to serve a new purpose.

One Eloff Street

This particular building from the 1950s is situated on 2 Eloff St and is visible from the M2 highway. It was once the home of Rolls-Royce and Chrysler, before being turning into an OK Bazaar and a repossessed car auction house, according to 2Summers.net. Todaythe bright yellow and blue building houses artists’ studios and an eating area run by Hangout Jozi and is a perfect weekend hangout in the city.

The Turbine Hall

Established as the Jeppe Street Power Station in the late 1920s, the Turbine Hall, which is situated in what is regarded as the city’s arts and culture precinct, once supplied energy to the city, but is now managed by events management firm The Forum Company. Today, the venue hosts various events – from art fairs and conferences to picture-perfect weddings. Mining giant AngloGold Ashanti also has its global headquarters at the location.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery

Situated in Joubert Park in downtown Joburg, the Johannesburg Art Gallery not only houses South Africa’s largest collection of art, but is also the largest art gallery in Southern Africa. Designed by British architect Edward Lutyens after the turn of the last century, the gallery still stands today as testament to South Africa’s extensive artistic heritage.

Constitution Hill

One of the famous historical sights in the city and dating back to 1893, Constitution Hill is today the home of our nation’s Constitutional Court, having been the Old Fort and then the Women’s and Number Four jail for black prisoners during South Africa’s tumultuous apartheid past. Struggle icons such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Joe Slovo and Albertina Sisulu were imprisoned here. Constitutional Hill hosts museums, exhibitions and a variety of public programmes that promote social discourse throughout the year.

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