Erf 185 CITY AND SUBURBAN – THREE CASTLES BUILDING, ERF
I am writing to you in the hope that the PHRAG will take action to save one of the most memorable structures in downtown Johannesburg. We are aware of the aware of the fact that the building has been neglected for some time, and there is a lot of public concern about the building.
The building known as Three Castles was built circa 1895, with its landmark façade designed to represent Three Castles cigarettes which were manufactured there. The Egoli Heritage Foundation rates this building very highly as one of the most important warehouse structures in Johannesburg for its historical, architectural and aesthetic significance. It is one of the earliest structures of its kind in Johannesburg.
We are aware that there is a movement to conserve the building and develop it into a conference centre, and that interested and affected parties have plans to develop it and have, for some time, tried to locate the owners of the property to negotiate with them. It is, therefore, a surprise to learn that there has been an application to demolish it.
Please add the Egoli Heritage Foundation to the list of interested and affected parties objecting to the demolition.
EGOLI HERITAGE FOUNDATION