Putting Joburg buildings before profits - The legacy of Robin Fee
I was very sad to learn of the passing of the architect Robin Fee a few days ago and especially sorry that I had not expressed to him in his lifetime my thanks for his role in the conservation of Joburg’s heritage. I would like to pay tribute to Robin Fee for two extraordinary instances where he put Johannesburg’s old buildings above any profit he or his firm could make if
His Majesty's Theatre at the film of My Fair Lady. His Majesty's Theatre was situated in Commissioner Street (between Eloff and Joubert Streets) and was opened by General Jan Smuts (then Prime Minister of the Union Of South Africa) on 23rd December 1946 as a legitimate theatre presenting live stage productions. The theatre was designed by Morris Cowen at the behest of Mr. I. W. Schlesinger, head of the Schlesinger Organisation
The town that plague built
Cultural history is plagued by the plague. The Black Death stalks through history pages captivating and horrifying us at the same time, even Shakespeare used the threat of the plague in his plays to curse his characters.