It’s been some months since the last Johannesburg post. The reason is that I’ve been working on an exciting new project based on some of the work here (and a whole lot more). The publisher has asked that I don’t divulge too much information just yet. There are a few processes and formalities to go through, but I’ll post the official announcement here first.
In the meantime, Prof. Cathy Munro suggested a reference for the two church pieces. I’ve made my spreadsheet available with all the listings I compiled and worked off for both pieces. Some information is missing or was unknown. Please let me know if there is anything to add.
Download the church listing HERE
Also updated is the Lithuanian Shul in Part 2 where the mystery of the cut-in-half building has been solved thanks to info from Yolanda Meyer at the Railway’s archive.
Slightly off topic, but also of historical merit are two pieces I’ve written on the history of Johannesburg’s nightclubs. It looks like this will become a regular series, as the more I research and the more people I interview, the more I uncover. I’ve started with two dance clubs from the early 1980s, but will eventually cover a whole spectrum from the original Ciro’s circa 1950 in Kruis Street to mid-1990s clubs like Le Club and The Doors. I’ve already researched a few old buildings that were once clubs in various older posts, most notably the 1906 Herbert Baker School of Music in Doornfontein that became the Adam Leslie Theatre, Mandys, Idols and finally ESP.
Some of the research for the new project has uncovered some fascinating never-seen-before photographs. Here are a few of them: