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Port Rex Building
East London, Eastern Cape

Date:1940
Type:Warehouse
Style:Art Deco - Modern
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
-33.0219722,27.8952722
33°01'19.10" S 27°53'42.98" E Alt: 10m

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Currently vacant (2016)

The building was constructed for the Royal Navy at the East London Harbour in 1940. It became known as 'Port Rex' and was subsequently used by the SA Navy until 1990. The decorative cast iron rainwater heads on the front facade were clearly ordered in 1939, as this date is recorded - in large raised numerals - on the front face of each one.

Transcription of English foundation stone:

THIS STONE WAS LAID
BY
COMMODORE D. A. BUDGEN,
ROYAL NAVY,
ON THE 4TH MAY, 1940.

Transcription of Afrikaans foundation stone:

HIERDIE STEEN IS GELE
DEUR
COMMODORE D. A. BUDGEN
KONINKLIKE VLOOT,
OP 4 MEI 1940.

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)