Shakespeare House

Shakespeare House

Where I Walk was an inspiring introduction to the inner-city of Joburg. Walking past some of the most derelict buildings that seemingly hold so much meaning in their crumbling state, yet manage to some how preserve a glimmer of their former significance.  One such building is Shakespeare House on Commissioner Street. Completed in 1938, the Art Deco wonder is now very much vandalised and decayed, especially since the recent Beware of Colour incident that has permanently coloured the building pink. Interestingly, Shakespeare House served as the USIS (United States Information Services in Johannesburg) an office and a public space that welcomed in any body, despite the SA governments thoughts on it. During this time, it had a library, held lectures and screened the US moon landing.   Originally built as office space that was planned to be converted into residential space, the empty building now stand for a symbol for urban decay but also a reminisces of the boom of Joburg City, that is igniting once more.

Shakespeare House - Beware of Colour

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