Houses of Pretoria
Outing with Trevor Evans
Sun, 27/05/2018 - 09:30
Outing with Trevor Evans
Date: Sunday, 27 May 2018
Time: 09:30 for 10:00
Meet at: Park at State Theatre and meet at main forecourt
The address for the State Theatre is: 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
Parking cost: R13 min-R50 max per vehicle (depending on time parked)
Charge: Non-members: R100, members: R70, to be paid to Northern Branch
Plus Melrose House Entrance Fee: R25/adult; R12/pensioner, to be paid at Melrose House on the day.
A sun hat; good walking shoes; water. Picnic baskets are optional
The group will walk past several buildings and Trevor Evans will discuss the architecture stylistically as well as their socio-political significance in a historical context. We will walk about 500 meters (one way), first past the New Women’s monument with its impressive Adobe wall and then go on to the quaintest old mosque. It is a haven of tranquillity, and each person will have to wash their feet there before entering. Ladies should cover their heads. Thereafter, the group will proceed across Church Square to Café Riche where the outdoor seating has good views over the square and its old, world charm, and Trevor will discuss the surrounding architecture. (Inexpensive drinks are available at the Café). From here we will walk back to the State Theatre and then drive the 2 km’s to Melrose House. There is free secure parking at the rear of Melrose House (you may want to tip the guard). We will do a conducted tour of Melrose House and the grounds will be available for a picnic. Burgers Park is directly opposite and is very well kept and most beautiful to walk through. There is also a lovely hothouse with succulents to view.