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Parktown is a suburb of Johannesburg in Gauteng, affectionately known as one of the Parks, others including Forest Town, Parkview, Parkwood, Westcliff, Parktown North and Parkhurst. Parktown is one of Johannesburgs largest suburbs, neighbouring Milpark, Hillbrow and Braamfontein to the South; Houghton and Berea to the East; Forest Town and Killarney to the North, and Richmond, Westcliff, and Melville to the West.

Parktown is now home to many businesses, restaurants, hospitals, schools and churches, whilst still maintaining quiet residential areas. It is also home to three of the five campuses of the University of the Witwatersrand including the Wits Business School, education campus and medical school. Parktown is now divided into Parktown West and Parktown with Jan Smuts Avenue forming the dividing line.

Parktown West is almost entirely residential and famous for its beautiful avenues lined with Plane and Jacaranda trees. The Parktown Mansions tell many stories of the history of Johannesburg as they were the homes of some of the most influential residents of the early city.

Parktown History

In 1890 Edouard Lippert bought a considerable tract of the Braamfontein Farm. He rebuilt the farm house located on a ridge and named it Marienhof after his wife, Marie. The ridge overlooked a large plain, and on this he planted the Sachsenwald Forest to meet the needs of the mines and fast developing city. He saw the promise that the ridge had for development as a township and partitioned the land into plots. In 1892, Lady Florence Phillips rode north from the dusty mining town of early Johannesburg and found the ridge.

The view extended from Sachsenwald forest in the West to the Magaliesberg mountains and Pretoria in the North. She persuaded her husband to build a house there, and Frank Emley was commissioned to build their mansion, Hohenheim. Parktown quickly became the new elite suburb. Soon, many wealthy entrepreneurs were building mansions along the ridge and showing off their newfound affluence with parties, croquet on the lawns, and lavish dinners.

Parktown was where many conspirators of the Jameson Raid against the South African Republic were based. Today the suburb is home to many Victorian and Edwardian homes, and a number of designs by Sir Herbert Baker.

In the late 1960s, 56 of the stately homes where demolished to make way for the Johannesburg College of Education (Now Wits Education Campus). In 1975 many more were demolished and properties reduced for the construction of the M1 motorway, a main artery running North to South through the center of the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg

Towns and Suburbs of the Gauteng province of South Africa

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