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Ansteys Tower

Identification

Ansteys Tower
146686

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
pile foundation
art deco

Usages

residential commercial office
mercantile

Facts

  • Ansteys Tower is a now national monument - the South Afican equivalent of a "listed building".
  • Anstey Tower was the home of Cecil Williams, the actor, playwright and a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe - once variously described as the armed or politcal wing of the African National Congress and headed by Nelson Mandela and others.
  • Nelson Mandela was disguised as Cecil William's driver when he was captured on 5 August 1962.
  • Tallest building in Africa when completed.
  • Having fallen into great disrepair, the Antseys Building was extensively restored in 1995 by Osmond Lange Architects under the direction of the South African Heritage Resources Agency.
  • The building was named after Norman Anstey, founder of the elegant department store by that name, which occupied the first four floors.

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Location

59 Joubert Street
59 Joubert Street
2001
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

Technical Data

256.31 ft
20
1937

Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
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