Robin (The Best-est Husband) and I recently went on the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation’s tour of Doornfontein, one of the oldest suburbs in the city and once home to the glamorous Randlords, the guys who ran Joburg in its early days. It’s now an inner-city suburb where people just get on with things, but bits of its posh history are still there.
I wrote about Joburg walkabouts and being a tourist in your own city before. This one had lots of talking and lots of older people, but it's all good. It also had the coolest-oolest surprise ever (check the last photo – will write about it soon)!
The photie above is of the school bell at the IH Harris primary school, which was built in the early 1900s. Here are some of Robin's other pics, showing the colours and textures that you'll find throughout the CBD:
Quirky wooden angels by Zamo Gumede outside the Alhambra theatre.
The Alhambra hasn’t seen a show in a while and needs some TLC. One of my Joburg dreams is to get into this place!
Architectural details from the Lions Synagogue (the building was completed in 1906). Lots of Jewish people called Doornfontein home at one stage.
My fave photo of the day! Arcade games – kapow! Got to love it.
Colourful inner-city washing line.
This guy asked for his photo to be taken – and put on his sunglasses especially for it. That’s how we roll in Joburg, mense!
Someone put these sermons up near Ellispark stadium in a space usually reserved for newspaper headlines. There was a stack of other messages in the same handwriting behind it.