Morning Route (Sunrise Friday)
Like nature, the city is explored best during the early morning. Join Pretorian architect, Adriaan Louw, for a guided walk through the inner city streets. Experience the city waking up from a rooftop with running commentary and insights. The walk will include several heritage buildings and an array of places of interest.
Green Route – Introduction to Pretoria
012 Central is situated in what could be considered as the cultural core of Pretoria’s CBD. This precinct includes the State Theatre (1981), Sammy Marks Square and the Lillian Ngoyi Women Memorial. The route meanders past civic buildings like the Reserve Bank (1988), and the recently completed Tshwane House. The scale changes from large public spaces to the narrow arcade of Queen Street within which the Central Mosque (1928) is hidden.
Yellow Route – Pretoria Artwork
012 Central boasts several great pieces of graffiti and artwork, with the Houses Sculpture by Strijdom van der Merwe located in the courtyard. The route wanders around the area showcasing some contemporary art like The Jackal, Tant Koek and a Jacaranda mural that blooms throughout the year. The historic bronze lions from from Scotland can be seen on the oldest bridge over the Apies River, Lion Bridge(1984).
Red Route – Norman Eaton
The red route highlights some of the work of one of the city’s favourite sons, Norman Musgrave Eaton (1902-1966). Eaton was born in Pretoria on 11 October 1902. He was articled to the architect Gordon Leith (1886-1965), who placed Eaton in charge of his office in Pretoria in 1926. Eaton remained in Leith’s office until he won the Baker scholarship in 1929 and spent nine months in residence at the British School at Rome before establishing a private practice in Pretoria in 1932. His offices were at 52 Gresham Buildings, Thabo Sehume (previously Andries Street) Street (later 38 Gresham Buildings), before moving offices to Velra House, Bureau Lane, Pretoria – also a short distance from 012Central.
His work was unique as it reflected a concern for the African in South Africa, drawing strongly on the African monumental past, while denoting both a regional and universal consciousness. Spanning from 1932 to 1966, Eaton’s merit is possibly best reflected in his banks, most notably the Netherlands Bank, in Pretoria (1946-1955) – a short distance from 012Central and now called “Bank Towers”. Also a stone’s throw from the AZA venue is the Wachthuis (1956-1959) and Polley’s Arcade (1957-1959), with his earlier Little Theatre (1950) along Lilian Ngoyi Street to the south. For more information, access https://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/41017.