This building began in 1911 as a bonded liquor warehouse for William McBain. Later the front offices were used by the construction company of D.F. Corlett, master-builder and Mayor of Johannesburg from 1931-'32. Arts on Main was redeveloped by Propertuity in 2009 as a pioneering arts centre, combining five consolidated warehouses, and designed by Architects Daffonchio and Associates. It was from here that Maboneng spread.
Richly decorated and delicately sculptured, the Art Nouveau façade flows around the corner, with a picturesque tower and gables along the roofline. The plans by brothers Arthur and Walter Reid date from 1899, but the Boer War intervened, and the hotel was only completed in 1902. This was a popular watering-hole with local residents, and its handsome bar counter was famous.
A landmark building, Wynnstay was designed in 1913 by Percival Hill Mitchelson for Mr Gregory, the Messenger of the Court who lived here with his wife until 1931. This attractive and deceptively asymmetrical house has large bay windows and a broad veranda flowing into the garden. It was bought by the Municipality in 1970 to be demolished for the M6 motorway, but was later leased to the Children's Theatre instead.
Blue Plaque Address:
National Children's Theatre Junction Avenue, Parktown