Windybrow Arts & Heritage Improvement Programme
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120 End Street, developed by the Affordable Housing Company, is the largest commercial-to-residential conversion in the southern hemisphere.
Historic Hillbrow used to be Old Doornfontein, a township laid out on the western end of the Doornfontein farm in 1887. Now called New Doornfontein, the area at the bottom end of Hillbrow is to be developed into a new cultural precinct.
The Windybrow Arts & Heritage Improvement Programme encompasses the area around Saratoga Avenue and End Street, as well as Nugget and Pietersen streets where the Windybrow Centre for the Arts is located.
As well as infrastructure improvements to the area, architectural landmarks, both old and new, will be restored and revamped, starting with Windybrow Theatre, a heritage-listed Victorian house built in 1896.
The cultural precinct's sponsors are confident that the rehabilitation of the theatre complex will act as a catalyst, spurring improvements in surrounding neighbourhoods. In so doing, historic Hillbrow will once again become attractive to theatre-goers, business professionals and city residents.
Improvements to the Windybrow Theatre include the revamp of 3 adjacent buildings and the creation of several pedestrian walkways around the theatre complex.
These, in turn, will link to other urban improvement projects, like nearby 120 End Street, a former office block. The 32-storey high-rise has been converted into 924 modern, affordable residential apartments with walk-through access to a 10 000m2 ground-level shopping centre.
Another landmark in historic Hillbrow, the Catholic cathedral Christ the King, will link via walkways to the theatre. Dedicated in 1960, the church has beautiful stained glass windows and is a meeting place for newcomers from Africa to Johannesburg.
The Chancery around the church comprises a collection of art deco halls and a historic Moth Hall, some of which are heritage protected. Under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg, the complex will be revamped at a cost of R30-million.
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Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust
Tel: +27 (0) 11 482 3349