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Art Deco Tour of Point by Prof. Franco Frescura

Warehouse facade on Point Road

Warehouse façade on Point Road

Prof. Franco Frescura and his Art Deco Disciples

Prof. Franco Frescura and his Art Deco Disciples

Old Control Tower - harbour Board

Old Control Tower – harbour Board

Harbour officials houses - Escombe Terrace

Harbour officials houses – Escombe Terrace

Restored Warehouses - Point Road (Mahatma Gandi)

Restored Warehouses – Point Road (Mahatma Gandi)

Last Sunday saw the Art Deco Society based in Durban, hosting a tour of the older remaining buildings on the Durban Point, by Professor  Franco Frescura, former Chair of Architecture at UKZN. The tour included discussions on buildings such as the Old Railway Station, Edwardian and Victorian residences, Warehouses, Seaman’s Institute, Port Officials houses, old Police and Fire Station, amongst many others.

These are  a fascinating remnants of the past operational buildings that were integral to the Port City’s development, and thankfully many have been restored to former glory, or the old facades retained as part of the Point Re-development.

A few images are attached but a great effort by the Society Chaired by Donald Davies. This Society is well worth joining for a modest R50 per annum and in this way made aware of their worthwhile outings. Contact Carol Allan at allandurban@mweb.co.za

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