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Normandie Court
Johannesburg, Gauteng

GRINKER and SKELLY: Architect

Style:Art Deco
Street:94-6 Kerk St


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26°12'06.67" S 28°02'53.0" E

Blue Plaque (2003)

Normandie Court sails into the city with the panache of its namesake, the French ocean liner which captured the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in 1935 and again 1937. The porthole windows, ship's railings on the balconies and angled shop fronts echoing the hull underline the nautical connection. The lift lobby is Art Deco at its best. It was designed by Leopold Grinker and Skelly in 1937 for Shim Lakofski, an enterprising developer.

(Boris Gorelik, September 2013)

(SA Archt Jun 1939:81 ill; SA Archt Jul 1939:131 ill plans)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pg 114, 118, 118 ill, 178
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 210 ill