Summer School 2021

Cape town’s Art Deco heritage

Dr André van Graan, heritage architect

In the 1930s a new architecture emerged in Cape Town. It drew its inspiration from a design trend that had started in Paris in 1925 and then developed further in America, particularly as new forms and scales of architecture emerged. The style was subsequently called ‘Art Deco’. In Cape Town office buildings, apartment blocks, cinemas and filling stations are among the diverse building types that adopted this style. It was a populist architectural idiom that was at odds with the direction of the avant-garde Modernist doctrine. Today this architectural heritage is admired and yet threatened.

This lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Recommended reading

Bayer, P. 1992. Art Deco architecture. London: Thames & Hudson.

Bickford-Smith, V., Van Heyningen, E. Worden, N. 1999. Cape Town in the twentieth century. Cape Town: David Philip Publishers.


Date: Thursday 14 January
Time: 1.00 pm