Just over 100 years ago Johannesburg was an endless untouched savannah. This changed very fast when the first gold was found in 1886. The news spread like wildfire and the area experienced an unprecedented gold rush. Today Johannesburg is the largest, most populous and wealthy city in South Africa. She has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa and is Africa's most advanced city.In 1911, a mere 25 years after Johannesburg began developing, Arts on Main was originally built. It began as a bonded Liquor store for William Mcbain. D.F Corlett, master builder and mayor of JHB from 1931-32, later used the front offices for his construction company. D.F Corlett was responsible for the building of St Stithian's School and the Rand Airport. Corlett Drive in Illovo is named after him.In the 1960s a new architectural phenomenon began in New York City, in the SoHo district, which saw the conversion of old industrial warehouses into domestic and work spaces. Originally favored by artists due to their need for space, the artistic lifestyle became synonymous with these conversions. This became one of the important tendencies in architecture and brought about a change in the direction of migration, from suburban areas to the city centers, creating a new urban awareness.Similar conversions then started happening all over America, and in other capital cities across the world where city living and space were greatly sought after. Today what was once formerly associated with industrial warehouses, represents not only abodes for artists and bohemians but also hot properties desired by urban professionals and creative businesses.The conversion at Arts on Main honours the buildings history highlighting features such as the double volume ceilings, concrete floors and over sized windows, while incorporating more contemporary elements to reflect the creativity and innovation the space promotes.
264 Fox Street