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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.

Transcription of Blue Plaque:



Built in 1897, the mining town's tallest building
expressed confidence in the future. This
premier gentlemen's outfitter symbolises the
city's retail history and remains a landmark in
time and place. The building was saved from
demolition in 1978, thanks to a public outcry and
the combined efforts of heritage organisations,
together with the the city council.

(The Heritage Portal)

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
Gaylard, Shaun & McDougall, Brett . 2022. RSA 365 : 365 Drawings of South African Architecture. Johannesburg: Blank Ink Design. pg 75, 75 ill
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