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Corner House

Identification

Corner House
Old Corner House
307958

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Usages

residential condominium
commercial office

Facts

  • Converted from offices, the apartments still have the safes that were originally used to store gold bars used by prominent figures such as Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato.
  • Built in 1886 as a single-storey wood-and-iron shack called Beit's Building, it was converted into a two-storey brick building in 1893.
  • The building has a solid steel frame with wrought iron banisters for the staircase; the copper domed rooftop and the original green tiles are still intact.
  • Declared a National Monument, protected under the National Heritage Resources Act, No. 25 of 1999.
  • The 1904 addition by entrepreneur Hermann Eckstein was considered the city's finest office building with panelled offices and marble floors throughout.
  • The building was sold in the 1960s by owner Rand Mines to Barclays Bank, when they built a new office tower, Development Planning & Local Government Building, previously also named Corner House, down the road.
  • The two-storey building was upgraded with the seven-storey addition in 1904.

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Location

77 Commisioner Street
77 Commissioner Street with Simmonds Street
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

Technical Data

128.16 ft
10
1904

Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
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