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JUBILEE COURT – a visual joy – Durban

JUBILEE COURT – a visual joy – Durban

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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

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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

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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.

Art Deco, Jubilee  Court, Berea

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.

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