Built on a grand scale for Ernst Eriksen and his wife Ethel, Norscot Manor began in 1936 as a cottage on a quiet farm. Thanks to his successful Ford motorcar dealership, Eriksen could afford a fine home produced by master-craftsmen, and suitable for lavish entertaining. Since 1982, Norscot has served as a lively and much-loved community centre.
Parts of this house date back to the 1860s, making it one of the oldest structures in Johannesburg. It started life as the Boschkop farmhouse before being transformed into a grand country estate by Randlord John Dale Lace at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the late 1920s, Tom Kelly acquired the estate and renamed it Hy-Many in honour of his family home in Ireland.
Popularly known as the "People's Cathedral", Regina Mundi ("Queen of the World") was a rallying point during the dark days of apartheid, offering sanctuary as well as spiritual comfort to people from various liberation movements. The foundation stone was laid in 1962 by Cardinal Montini, who became Pope Paul VI, and the church was built by Father Gerard Coleman O.M.I. and his congregation.