The Hillbrow Health Precinct.

I honestly never thought I would step into Hillbrow so soon again. Especially since I had decided not too many months ago that it was a scary place – see The Notoriously Scary Hillbrow.

But a Joburg Photowalkers event brought us once again back into this notorious inner city and we had the rare privilege of being shown the restoration works of the Old Johannesburg General Hospital.

This building was built in 1889 and is now defunct.

This inner city suburb will undergo a complete rejuvenation in health care to transform the old buildings into community health precinct that will provide health care and conduct world class research on HIV and Aids.

It wasn’t every day that one got to step into a structure that was so old. Windows were old and dirty. Paint was peeling off the ceiling. Old signages decorated the walls. And lots of beautiful brick work and arched hallways and windows.

The tone wasn’t bright and cheery. Everything seemed a little gloomy when I reviewed my shots later. But that’s what South Africa is.. sometimes new.. sometimes old.. sometimes vibrant.. sometimes somber..

The architects are retaining as much of the original design as possible and are reusing existing materials to preserve the heritage of the building.

It’s going to be beautiful when it’s all cleaned up. I can’t wait to come back here again to see it.