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St Mary's Hall
Johannesburg, Gauteng

George Halford Fellowes PRYNNE: Architect
ABURROW and TREEBY: Project Architect

Type:Church Hall
Status:Demolished 1933

(Academy Architecture 1905:10,11; Afr Archt Sep 1912:48; AB&E Oct 1933:41-2)

St Mary's Church Building and Hall in Hoek Street was considered the most ambitious of large church constructions which coincided with the upswing in the Johannesburg's economy. The original plans were for a huge complex comprising a church with a tall steeple and large hall but there was simply not enough money to complete the whole project and only the hall was built in 1905. It was demolished in 1933 and replaced by Darragh House.

Scanned photographs from The Transvaal and its Mines, by L.V. Praagh, pages 51; 52, publ circa 1906, sent to us by William MARTINSON.

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

Gilchrist & Powell Ltd. (Compiled and Published). 1906. How to See South Africa: The Official Guide to South Africa. Johannesburg: Gilchrist & Powell Ltd. pg 214
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 149
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 117, 118 ill