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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).

Buildings on this website in Art Deco style

29 Umbilo Road: c1935. Greyville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Albion House: n.d.. East London, Eastern Cape
Aldwyn Towers Court: 1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Algoa House Hotel: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Althea Court: n.d.. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Anstey's Building - Third: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Astra Theatre: 1934. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Aurora Creche: 1931. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Avalon Building: n.d.. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape
Balmoral Hotel: 1932 : 1937 : 1939. Muizenberg, Western Cape
Beacon Royal: 1934. Yeoville, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Berkeley Court: 1934 : 1990s. Summerstrand, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Beryl Court: 1937. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Bijou Theatre: 1941. Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape
Broadlands: 1947. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Cadbury-Fry (SA) factory: 1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Campanile Hotel: 1934. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Castle Beer Hall: 1939. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Castle Mansions - Second: 1930. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Cheviot Court: 1934. Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Colonial Mutual Life Building: 1933. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Colonial Mutual Life Building - Pleinhuis: 1934. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Colosseum Cinema: 1936-1938. Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Commercial Building: n.d.. Upington, Northern Cape
Commonwealth Building and Colosseum Theatre: 1936-1938. Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Court Receife: 1937. Summerstrand, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Da Vinci Building: n.d.. Worcester, Western Cape
Daventry Court: 1933-1934. Killarney, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Dawson Court: 1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Dawson's Hotel: c1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Dick & Allsop Shops: 1935. Paarl, Western Cape
Die Perelse Boedel en Agentskap Maatskappy Beperk building - Standard Bank: 1934. Paarl, Western Cape
Dorchester Apartments: 1935. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
Dr André du Toit-Gebou - Building: n.d.. Paarl, Western Cape
Dunvegan: c1935. Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape
Enterprise Building: 1931. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Eveready Factory: 1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Fire Station: 1939. Springs, Gauteng
Fire Station: n.d.. Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Firestone Tyre Co Factory: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Geneva House: 1935. Cape Town, Western Cape
Germiston Central Air Station - Rand Airport: 1935. Germiston, Gauteng
Germiston Fire Station: 1935. Germiston, Gauteng
Gleneagles: 1937. Killarney, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Grand Theatre: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Green and Sea Point Shul: 1931. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
H Jones and Co: n.d. : 1939. Paarl, Western Cape
Hamoaze Court - Holiday Court: c1935. Simonstown, Western Cape
Hampton Court: 1936-1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Hazelmere: n.d.. Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape
Hollywood Court: 1937-1939. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Holyrood: 1939. Cape Town, Western Cape
Hotel Edward: 1937 : c1970. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Hotel Montagu: 1932 : 1996. Montagu, Western Cape
Hotel Sydenham: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
House Fogal: 1933. Johannesburg, Gauteng
House GL Lippsteu: 1938. Redhouse, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
House Naude: 1936 : 2016. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng
JFC Building: n.d.. Paarl, Western Cape
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
Lido Hotel: 1932. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Lintons Hotel - Duncan House: 1930. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Luxor Court: n.d.. Bertrams, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Marais Road Shul: 1931. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
Market House: 1930. Cape Town, Western Cape
Mentone Court: c1935. Killarney, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Merlyn Court: 1930's. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape
Metro Bioscope: n.d.. Vereeniging, Gauteng
Montagu Country Hotel: 1932 : 1996. Montagu, Western Cape
Namaqua House: 1930. Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Normandie Court: 1937. Johannesburg, Gauteng
OK Bazaars: 1937. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
OK Bazaars - Now Scott's Building: 1932. Cape Town, Western Cape
Old Mutual: 1934-1936 : 2004-2005. Cape Town, Western Cape
Palladium Cinema: 1937. Springs, Gauteng
Palmerston Hotel: 1934. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Petrol Station: n.d.. Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape
Petrol Station - now Retail Units: 1944. Prince Albert, Western Cape
Pharmacy - Shops: n.d.. Heidelberg, Gauteng
Plaza Theatre: 1930s. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape
Porter's (Pty) Ltd: 1933. North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Protea Cinema: 1939. Paarl, Western Cape
Public Library: n.d.. Fraserburg, Northern Cape
Railway Station: c1935. Swellendam, Western Cape
Renesta House: c1935. Springs, Gauteng
SA Mutual Life Assurance Society Building - Mutual Heights: 1934-1936 : 2004-2005. Cape Town, Western Cape
Saraphil Mansions: 1926. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Saville House: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Scott's Building - formerly OK Bazaars: 1932. Cape Town, Western Cape
Shell House: 1929 : 1941. Central, Cape Town, Western Cape
Showroom, The: n.d.. Prince Albert, Western Cape
Solent Court: c1935. Simonstown, Western Cape
Southern Life Association: 1938. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Springs Hotel: 1932. Springs, Gauteng
St Saviour's Anglican Church: 1942. Walmer, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Stakesby-Lewis Hostel: 1936. District Six, Cape Town, Western Cape
Stanhope Mansions: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Strathearn Mansions: 1931. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Synagogue: c1938. Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape
Synagogue: 1934. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
Taylor House: 1935. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Temple Israel: 1936. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Victoria Hotel: 1931. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Victoria Mansions: 1933. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Westgard House - Trust Buildings: 1939. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Whitehall Court: 1939. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Williams, Hunt and Brook, Garages: 1928. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Windsor Hotel: 1933. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape
Woolworths: c1936. Cape Town, Western Cape
YMCA - CVJM: 1936. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape