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LLike any cosmopolitan city, Johannesburg has a colourful past, vibrant present and exciting future. The buildings in this ever-evolving city certainly reflect its rich heritage. The oldest brick structure in Johannesburg is Hy-Many House in Randburg, which was built in 1860 as a farmhouse. The farm was originally named Boschkop and in 1927 Tom Kelly bought it and renamed it Hy-Many, paying homage to his Irish roots. While the grand exterior facade remains intact, the interior has been renovated and modernised.
In 1893 then president Paul Kruger ordered the building of the Old Fort to serve as Johannesburg's first prison, which was then the first military fort in 1896. Initially, only male prisoners were held at the Fort but in 1910 a women's jail was added. In 1983 the decision was taken to stop using the fort as a prison. The Constitutional Court was completed on the site in 2004. The entire space was then opened to the public, who are able to take guided tours through the museum, admire the extensive art collection or attend a court case.