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Art Deco

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The fashionable style of the Jazz age between the World Wars, concurrent with the International Style of the Modern Movement. The machine aesthetic is mimicry of, rather than metaphor for, functionalism. Hence streamlined contours and ship-architecture motifs are incorporated for effect, with decorative devices having cubist lines. The rise in popularity of the apartment block for fashionable city dwellers and the movie theatres for their entertainment and petrol stations for their cars provided the building types bearing this styling, for example Union Castle Building (1937-9, Johannesburg; architects JA MOFFAT & TN DUNCAN), Normandie Court (1937-8, Johannesburg; architects GRINKER & SKELLY).

List of structures built in this style

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Aldwyn Towers Court, 1937, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Algoa House Hotel, 1935, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Althea Building, n.d., Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Anstey's Building - Third, 1935, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Astra Theatre, 1934, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Aurora Creche, 1931, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Berkeley Court, 1934 : 1990s, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Cadbury-Fry (SA) factory, 1937, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Campanile Hotel, 1934, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Castle Beer Hall, 1939, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Colonial Mutual Life Building, 1933, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Colonial Mutual Life Building - Pleinhuis, 1934, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Commercial Building, n.d., Upington, Northern Cape
Commonwealth Building and Colosseum Theatre, 1936-1938, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Court Receife, 1937, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Da Vinci Building, n.d., Worcester, Western Cape
Daventry Court, 1933-1934, Killarney, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Dawson Court, 1937, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Dick & Allsop Shops, 1935, Paarl, Western Cape
Dr André du Toit-Gebou - Building, n.d., Paarl, Western Cape
Enterprise Building, 1931, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Fire Station, n.d., Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Fire Station, 1939, Springs, Gauteng
Firestone Tyre Co Factory, 1935, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Ford Motor Co (SA) Ltd,, 1928, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Germiston Central Air Station - Rand Airport, 1935, Germiston, Gauteng
Germiston Fire Station, 1935, Germiston, Gauteng
Grand Theatre, 1935, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
H Jones & Co, n.d. : 1939, Paarl, Western Cape
Hampton Court, 1936-1937, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Hollywood Court, 1937-1939, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Hotel Sydenham, 1935, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
House GL Lippsteu, 1938, Redhouse, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
House Naude, 1936 : 2016, Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Jubilee House, n.d., Nigel, Gauteng
Kavenda Building, n.d., Brakpan, Gauteng
La Rochelle Hostel, 1935, Paarl, Western Cape
La Rochelle Primary School, 1936, Paarl, Western Cape
Land and Agricultural Bank of South Africa, 1938, Cape Town, Western Cape
Luxor Court, n.d., Bertrams, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Market House, 1930, Cape Town, Western Cape
Mentone Court, c1935, Killarney, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Namaqua House, 1930, Cape Town, Western Cape
Normandie Court, 1937, Johannesburg, Gauteng
OK Bazaars, 1937, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Palmerston Hotel, 1934, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Petrol Station, n.d., Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape
Porter's (Pty) Ltd, 1933, North End, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Protea Cinema, 1939, Paarl, Western Cape
Protea Cinima, n.d., Paarl, Western Cape
SA Mutual Life Assurance Society Building - Mutual Heights, 1934-1936, Cape Town, Western Cape
Saraphil Mansions, 1926, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Saville House, 1935, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Scott's Building, 1933, Cape Town, Western Cape
Shell House, 1929 : 1941, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Southern Life Association, 1938, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
St Saviour's Anglican Church, 1942, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Stanhope Mansions, 1935, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Victoria Mansions, 1933, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Whitehall Court, 1939, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Williams, Hunt & Brook, Garages, 1928, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Windsor Hotel, 1933, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Woolworths, c1936, Cape Town, Western Cape
YMCA - CVJM, 1936, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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