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.
The first Reform synagogue in South Africa, Temple Israel opened in 1936 under the leadership of Rabbi M.C. Weiler. An Art Deco temple designed by architects Kallenbach, Kennedy and Furner, the building also houses the archives of Progressive Judaism. Equality between men and women was promoted, and in 1949 the sisterhood at Temple Israel founded the M.C. Weiler School in Alexandra, to counter the inferior "Bantu Education" offered by the apartheid state.