Normandie Court sails into the city with the panache of its namesake, the French ocean liner which captured the Blue Ribbon for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in 1935 and again in 1937. The porthole windows, ship’s railing on the balconies and the angled shop fronts echoing the hull underline the nautical connection. The lift lobby is Art Deco at its best. It was designed by Leopold Grinker and Skelly in 1937 for Shim Lakofski, an enterprising developer.

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Normandie Court (The South African Architect July 1939 - via Artefacts)


Normandie Court (Kathy Munro)


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