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.