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
Cost: R90 – R150