Welcome to the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust
The few remaining mansions of the Randlords built at the turn of the century are monuments to the colourful history of Johannesburg.
Parktown and Westcliff are two of the oldest suburbs of Johannesburg and home to the mining magnates from 1892 till today. The concentration of power and money, combined with the exuberant and extravagant taste of these pioneers, is reflected in the homes they built on the prominent ridges which lie north of the city centre.
Please note that Parktownheritage website has been incorporated into the Joburgheritage website.
Click here to view the Joburgheritage website.
STOP PRESS: GOOD NEWS
WYNNSTAY WILL STAY ALONG WITH RIDGEHOLME: The National Children's Theatre Trust
These are the two houses between St Andrew’s / Queen’s Road and entered from Junction Avenue.
So for the very first time we can say THANK YOU to the Johannesburg Property Company.
Hooray in time for Heritage Day: The latest success in heritage terms involves the Johannesburg Property Company. The JPC has agreed to allow the Children’s National Theatre Trust to rezone and allow office development, balanced with the building of a theatre which will ensure the viability of the Children’s Theatre and retain fully restored the two old houses presently occupied by the Children’s Theatre. Making this property sustainable is a big plus for heritage and for Children’s Theatre and we are truly grateful that JPC agreed to make this decision part of the celebration of Heritage Month. It is not enough to declare and legally protect heritage sites – they need to be used and be useful. These two are certainly used, but they need to be restored and we hope that Ridgeholme will become a restaurant which will allow the public to enjoy this heritage and Wynnstay will then operate as the headquarters of the NCTT, as well as being able to accommodate small training and meeting rooms. The front gardens will be kept to ensure the proper setting for the two old homes, and instead of two car parks we’ll get a theatre and a small office block. The City of Johannesburg will even gain some rates!
It sounds extraordinary but yes, we are supporting development because without this the NCTT cannot fulfill the terms of its lease agreement with the City of Johannesburg and Ridgeholme will remain disfigured by the awful verandah which conceals its original character.
FOURTH QUARTER'S PROGRAMME
2nd Quarter Programme Apr to Jun 2013 - click to download word document else view it on-line under the quarterly programmes section. Click to view the Newsletter.
MINUTES OF THE 26th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON SATURDAY, 14th JULY, 2012 AT 2.00 PM AT
EMOYENI, 25 QUEEN’S ROAD (OFF JUBILEE ROAD), PARKTOWN
HERITAGE TODAY! - A programme for all those who care about out old buildings. They can now listen to the podcasts by clicking on the icon.
Tuesday mornings at 10h45 Stay tuned.
JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE JOURNAL VOLUME TWO
Click here to open Journal
Click here to read all about it!
Click here to view our Westcliff page
PLEASE PROTECT OUR JACARANDA HERITAGE FROM THE ANTS
Click here to view the Heritage Page
Click here to enter the link to our Johannesburg Heritage site or type in www.joburgheritage.co.za
IS YOUR HOUSE CONSERVATION-WORTHY?
Two lists of heritage buildings have been submitted to the City of Johannesburg by the trust. These are arranged by suburb and then by Street. To check whether your house is on the list go to :
NB The Categories are simply the Trust’s evaluation, not an official status at all. And a few are newer buildings, less than 60 years old.
AA Very important aesthetically, historically, lovely gardens and in good condition
A Very important historically and/ or architecturally
B A fine building, often lovely garden setting, less significant historically OR a very important property not in good condition or altered unsympathetically
C A good building of its time, possibly altered or extended but still significant to the street and the context.
FEEDBACK PLEASE !
CHANGING OR DEMOLISHING OLD BUILDINGS
For the information of our members and anyone interested in heritage buildings we include the form which has to be completed by anyone wanting to alter or demolish structures which are more than 60 years old.
NB: All structures over 60 years old are automatically protected by the national heritage Resources Act and a permit is required from the PROVINCIAL HERITAGE RESOURCES AUTHORITY before these can be altered or demolished or additions made.
FRIENDS, CORPORATE MEMBERS AND SPONSORS
The Northwards Trust
Sunnyside Park Hotel
Westcliff Residents Association
Set up to retain the historic architectural heritage of Parktown and Westcliff, the Trust tries to make this heritage accessible through tours of the buildings and the area, publications and special programmes for school children.
It is a fund-raising organisation and donations are most welcome.
Last Edit : 06/10/2012