Weekly photo Challenge: Relic

It stands lonely and neglected in Jeppestown Johannesburg among other recently restored buildings. The date  1899 declares it s age and the broken windows and crumbling facade confirms it. It is the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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The hotel  was built just before the Anglo Boer War in South Africa at a time of financial growth due to the discovery and mining of gold in the area.   This building is the only surviving building of a well known firm of architects of the time, the brothers Arthur and WalterReid.

Read more here.

I do hope this beautiful old building can one day be restored to its former glory.

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