Exploring Art and Defining Design
JUBILEE COURT – a visual joy – Durban
Art Deco, Jubilee Court, Doorway
This Art Deco block of flats, situated on Seventh Avenue, Morningside, on the Berea in Durban, is a visual joy. Living up to its name, it is a celebration of the Art Deco style. Every aspect of this structure has visual interest – that of form, line, texture and decoration. Jubilee Court fortunately falls within a high income area of Durban and has been spared the indignity of neglect and abuse apportioned for so many other Art Deco buildings in my city. Graham Leslie McCallum
The three storey structure is built on slightly sloping ground, and is viewed from three sides. The leading corners of the building are anchored by two handsome 4 story stair turrets that are decorated in beautifully
pointed basket-weave brickwork that contrasts smartly with painted plaster and fluted concertina-like motifs. They hold at their base the original wood and glass doors with typical Art Deco detailing. The parapet of the building which hides the roof – is decorated with fan motifs made of red brick, and is topped with several brick finials.
All the 3rd floor windows are crowned and shielded by 3 architraves that project from the facade. Sadly though, the closing in of balconies, has had a flattening effect to the facade.