Johannesburg City Heritage

Transvaal Chinese United Club Mansions

Founded in 1909 by the small pioneering Chinese community, the club offered rooms for newcomers as well as attractive social amenities. Funds were raised to uplift the local community. The Club remained financially successful, building a block of flats on the adjoining stand in 1940 which is one of the city's architectural gems.
Blue Plaque Address: 
4 Commissioner Street


The People Shall Govern Exhibition housed in an old hardware store owned by the Jada family who donated the timber [?] for the Congress of the People and on 25-26 June 1955 many people sat on the roof of this building to watch delegates adopt the Freedom Charter. The Exhibition was opened by the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Clr Amos Masonda on 26 June 2006.
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Union Avenue Kliptown
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Opened in 1911, the branch station served northern Johannesburg, with the elevated site giving a clear view of the surrounding suburbs. To fit with the quality and character of the neighbouring houses, it was designed in a decorative style, and became known as the Doll's House. The building was restored in 2006, and the engine bay enlarged to accommodate modern fire engines.
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Mitchell St Berea