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Markham's Building
Johannesburg, Gauteng

George RANSOME: Architect

Street:Eloff/Pritchard Sts


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26°12'10.51" S 28°02'36.81" E Alt: 1767m

In the late 1970s the Foschini Group bought Markhams and two adjoining buildings on the corner of Eloff and Pritchard streets in the CBD. They submitted plans for a new building consisting of shops and offices, which would entail the demolition of the historic building and its two neighbours...It took lengthy negotiations and a “memorable compromise” before the building was saved from demolition.

For the full story see Markhams' battle for survival by Lucille Davie, The Heritage Portal, Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

These notes were last edited on 2020 05 05

Writings about this entry

Bawcombe, Philip & Scannell, Ted. 1973. Philip Bawcombe's Johannesburg. Johannesburg: Village Publishing. pg 31 ill, 32
Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pg 46 ill, 111
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 350
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 75, 76, 77 ill, 83