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Rand Club - Third
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Frank EMLEY: Design Architect 1902-1904
LECK and EMLEY: Architect 1902-1904
REID and MARTIN: Architect alterations 1935

Date:1902-1904 : 1935
Street:Commissioner/Fox/Loveday Sts


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26°12'21.23" S 28°02'28.19" E Alt: 1765m

The third Rand Club was built during the depression after the Anglo-Boer War at a cost of £112,000. During building operations the club was temporarily housed in the North Western Hotel. It replaced the Second Rand Club building. Alterations were made in 1935.

Read Rand Club - A Grand Past with an Uncertain Future, an article by Kathy Munro on the Heritage Portal, Thursday, 3 September, 2015.

Inscription of Blue Plaque:


The historic Rand Club has called 33 Loveday
Street home since 1887, one year after the founding
of Johannesburg. This is the third clubhouse to occupy
the site, modelled on London's Reform Club by the
architects Leck and Emley and constructed in 1904.
The Club set the stage for pivotal moments in
Johannesburg history, and has hosted royalty
and international dignitaries since the
inception of the golden city.


(SAAE&S Jnl Aug 1907:192-93; SAB Aug 1935:43; Rand Club 1957:69; Planning 77 Dec/Jan 1985/6:11)

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

Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pg 41 ill, 42, 151
Gaylard, Shaun & McDougall, Brett . 2022. RSA 365 : 365 Drawings of South African Architecture. Johannesburg: Blank Ink Design. pg 98, 98 ill
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 133, 135 ill
Neame, LE. 1957. The Rand Club 1887-1957. Johannesburg: Rand Club. pg 60-88
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 337 ill, 339, 343, 347
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 153 ill
Praagh, LV (ed). 1906. Transvaal and its mines, The : the encyclopedic history of the Transvaal. London: Praagh & Lloyd. pg 252 ill
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 122, 123 ill