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Jumu'ah Masjid - Kerk Street Mosque
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Muhammad MAYET: Architect



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26°12'11.20" S 28°02'16.89" E Alt: 1755m

The first mosque on this site was a wood and iron building built in 1906. This was replaced in 1918 with an attractive square, two-storey building with a three-tiered minaret on each corner (see Jumu'ah Masjid (Jooma Masgid) Mosque, Kerk Street Mosque (Second)). In the 1980s it became too small for the Muslim community and they approached the National Monuments Council to have it replaced. The NMC was reluctant but eventually gave in and the building was demolished in 1989 to be replaced with the current one completed in 1991.

(City of Johannesburg)

Kerk Street Mosque in Johannesburg consists of 1,2 million bricks. The very large structure required a period of rest for settlement of the structural brickwork comprising many brick vaults, arches and other compressive structures before plastering and decoration could begin. The photographs above were taken during construction, the beautiful brickwork has since been plastered by master craftsman especially trained and skilled in the traditions of decorative gypsum plaster

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

LE ROUX, S. 1994Islam and conservation: The Juma Masgied as case study. Journal of the Institute of South African Architects in Jul/Aug
Wegelin, Hans. 1994Argiknepe : lasdraende steenwerk. Architecture SA in Vol 76, Issue 7. pp 38
Anonymous. 1994Mosque features 'finest' brickwork . South African construction world in Vol 13, Issue 11. pp 32-33
Mayet, M. 1994The City Room : Kerk Street Jumah Masgied . Architecture SA in Vol 76, Issue 7. pp 26-28
Anonymous. 2004Kerk St. Mosque : works of consequence. Architecture South Africa. Supplement. Special issue : the design of democracy in Vol 15, Issue 1. pp 26-30
Nuttall, Jean. 1990The Kerk Street Mosque, Johannesburg . Planning in Vol 17, Issue 109. pp 36-40
Muwanga, Christina. 1998. South Africa : a guide to recent architecture. London : Köln: Ellipsis : Könemann. pg 142-145