The Mystery and Delight of Johannesburg’s Arcades

9 to 9 December 2017

An exploration of arcades that used to flood Johannesburg.

These arcades were an investment to property owners, maximising retail space, and a boon to shoppers, providing them with protection from the elements, dirt and dust of city streets. The Victorian and Edwardian arcades were charming: delicate cast iron structures supporting a glass roof canopy, the floors often tiled.

Hidden between bustling Gandhi Square and a forgotten corner of Fox Street, Somerset House was boarded up by the United Building Society and used to house safety deposit boxes. Guests are guided on a tour by Flo Bird and David Gurney.

Venue: Gandhi Statue, Gandhi Square, 157 Joubert St, Braampark
Time: 2pm
Cost: R90 – R150


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