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Museum Africa
Johannesburg, Gauteng

George Samuel Burt ANDREWS: Engineer Johannesburcg Town Engineer

Date:1994
Type:Museum
Style:Adaptive Reuse : Industrial Archaeology
Status:Adaptive re-use

 


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Coordinates:
26°12'05.78" S 28°01'56.51" E Alt: 1721m

Museum Africa is situated in the heart of the Newtown Cultural Precinct, it is the Johannesburg's leading history museum. It is housed in what was the first purpose built fruit and vegetable market build in 1913, which at the time was a fine example of the advances made in industrial building techniques. In 1990 the market building was imaginatively adapted to house Museum Africa, a new museum hat opened its doors in 1994 the year of South Africa's non-racial, democratic elections. The Museum offers a variety of programs to enrich the classroom experience.

(Joburg, accessed 2021 10 05)

Transcription of blue plaque for Museum Africa:

SIMON VAN DER STEL FOUNDATION

This massive steel structure
built in 1913 was designed by
the town engineer G.S. Burt Andrews.
It was manufactured in Britain
and is a fine example of industrial architecture.

THE NEWTOWN MARKET
BUILDING

ceased to operate as a market in 1974.
From 1976 it was used and redeveloped
by the Africana Museum,
which re-opened in 1994 as

MUSEUM AFRICA

These notes were last edited on 2022 06 26