The mining warehouses were opened in this area in 1893 – over 120 years ago! And while most of the buildings date from the 1920s – 1940s, part of the main warehouse may be the oldest industrial structure in Joburg.
The first building built in Johannesburg (the Central Hotel) was built here, Joburg’s first bar, the first cafe, the first barber shop, the first school and even the first bank in Johannesburg were all located in Ferreirasdorp. There is much history and legend associated with the location of the first bar in Johannesburg. A liquor license was granted for the Ferreira’s Bar on this site in 1893 and for the Good Luck Bar in 1895.
This is where miners first settled during Johannesburg’s Gold Rush in the late 1880s, known then as Ferreiras Camp.
The Sheds, a cluster of historic, old mining warehouses, were left standing empty for the best part of a decade but today are a shining example of one of the inner city’s most beautiful rejuvenation projects now known as 1 Fox Precinct.
Ferreirasdorp lies adjacent to Newtown and has been rejuvenated into a trendy and upmarket location. Home to the corporate sector of Joburg CBD with many blue chip corporate companies such as Anglo American, Bryte Insurance, Chamber of Mines and all of the Financial Institutions creating a vibrant mix of new and old buildings.
Beautiful old buildings can be seen en-route such as the impressive Chancellor House with the ‘Shadow Boxer’ statue of Nelson Mandela which is located one block from 1 Fox Precinct.
1 Fox Precinct History
The Buildings are owned by The Johannesburg Land Company. Together with their partners, they have transformed the property into what it is today.
1 Fox – The Sheds Market opened in 2014 and soon became JHB’s most popular market.
Soon after, The Good Luck Bar opened its doors and has been Jozi’s premier music and events venue hosting all of SA’s top bands and performers as well as a host of international acts. The Good Luck Bar was said to have been established in 1895 and was the 1st bar to open during the gold rush.
The Good Luck Bar is now a multi functional space and is used for all types of events.
The Shed’s Market closed in February 2016, paving the way for Sue Aerts to take over the building and converted it into an epic event venue,
Fox Junction, which opened its doors in June 2016. 2 years later, Sue took ownership of The Good Luck Bar, which continues to host the best of SA’s music talent as well as becoming part of the versatile event venue spaces that make up this unique eventing hub.
The Fox Junction and Good Luck Bar event venues form part of the larger 1 Fox Precinct also home to a number of other trendy businesses.
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