On Saturday 17th November there is a Johannesburg Heritage Foundation walk (2 hours) past 2 homes in Parktown: Brenthurst, & Timewell with a visit to Etunzini. [Unfortunately this tour is for members only but there is still time to join. Phone Eira on (011) 482-3349] Back to the tour .. Brenthurst was designed by Baker in 1903 for Drummond and Marguerite Chaplin and has been home to the Oppenheimer family since 1924, while Timewell was built for Howard Pim and was also designed by Baker. Etunzini was designed by Baker’s star pupil, Gordon Leith. Park in Federation Rd and meet outside the gates of Brenthurst at 14.00 Cost R80 – remember Members only.
On Saturday 8th December also with the Johannesburg Heritage Foudnation at 14.00 you can join a walking tour to explore the beautiful park-like grounds of the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park. Established 106 years ago, it was described at the opening as ‘a leafy country retreat, with a gurgling stream bubbling through its lovely gardens into a tree-lined lake’. Stunning landscaping and amazing grounds make this well worth a visit for those that have never been. Meet at Country Club Napier St at 14.00. R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is running a particularly interesting walking tour on Saturday 15th December: Main St and Mining Houses. The blurb reads: Main Street in the JHB CBD stretches from the Magistrates Court and Chancellor House where Nelson Mandela practiced law, to Gandhi Square, where Mohandas Gandhi had his legal offices. The street is lined with a variety of building styles. Interspersed, are old mining equipment and artwork, reflecting the gold mining heritage and associated activities. Park in the Nedbank parking lot. Entrance in Marshall Street (one way street) between Loveday and Rissik Streets. Meet in Gandhi Square – in front of Gandhi’s statue at 14.00 R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members.