Graham Leslie McCallum

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JUBILEE COURT – a visual joy – Durban

I have long admired this block of flats, situated on Seventh Avenue, Morningside, on the Berea in Durban. Living up to its name, It is a visual joy and cheerful celebration of the Art Deco style. Every aspect of this structure has visual interest. The architect did a fine job by applying the art elements of shape, form, line, texture and pattern to his building. Fortunately, Jubilee Court falls within a high income area of Durban and has been spared the indignity of neglect and abuse apportioned to so many other Art Deco buildings in my city.

Art Deco, Jubilee Court (2)

This 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. 

art Deco, Jubilee Court, west tower

At the bases to the turrets are the entrances, preserving their original wood and glass doors with typical Art Deco detailing.

Art Deco, Jubilee Court, Doorway

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, motif

Art Deco, Jubilee Court

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.

Art Deco, Jubilee  Court, Berea

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This entry was posted on August 13, 2014 by in Design, Durban Architecture, Durban Environment and Issues, Durban History and tagged , , .
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