Surrey Mansions, Durban

South African Art Deco splendour.

We are privileged to have a guest post for this blog from the Durban Art Deco Society. Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and has many Art Deco buildings.

The Surrey Mansions is one of the great Art Deco buildings of Durban. Located at 323 Currie Road, it was designed by W E Langton & W B Barboure, and completed in 1934. It is an eight-storey apartment building with detailing of imagination and sensitivity.  Block like ground and first floors, rounded corners up to a squared off top floor and with fluted giant order pilasters rising up the entire height.  Richly varied stucco reliefs with winged lions high up. Excellent resolution of geometry in the use of rectangular and curved forms.

Photos and text © Durban Art Deco Society

A highly detailed façade.
A detail from Surrey Mansions.
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