Amazing Examples of Art Deco in South Beach Miami

It’s August and it’s hot so one can’t help but think of sunnier climes and beaches. Art Deco enclaves around the world like Miami Beach and South Beach and Fort Lauderdale mean if you are interested in Art Deco you can incorporate your love of architecture with a holiday.

Now imagine if Du Cane Court had been built in South Beach Miami! Not only would there be more likelihood of every flat having a balcony but there is a possibility that instead of brick there would be painted plasterwork.

Imagine if they had painted Du Cane this colour! It would definitely be a tourist attraction.

Or maybe some peach eyelids over the windows on Du Cane Court would add interest?

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Peach and jade green were definitely in vogue during the Art Deco heydays.

Maybe something a little more cavalier…

Or a subtle neon signage with pastel painted background over the reception at Du Cane Court would be more your style? Like the Breakwater.

See the Delano below…

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Du Cane Court is definitely as imposing as the Delano but now the bar has gone and the restaurant it’s not quite so chic.

Du Cane is probably more suited to some subtle marble than the neon of the signage.

A lemon sorbet DCC would be seen from miles around and possibly glow in the dark!

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Not as vibrant as the Waldorf Towers though in bright orange.

What’s your favourite South Beach / Miami inspiration for a Du Cane Court makeover? Answers on a postcard…





Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Okay so it’s not always about Du Cane Court. If you love DCC it’s likely you have a liking for other Art Deco gems around the world. Here are some great shots of Art Deco London.

Bloomsbury in London

Senate House in Bloomsbury London’s first sky scraper.

London N1

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Hamilton Court in Maida Vale

Gillette Corner now more know for Sky and Tesco…

Marsham Court

Another in Bloomsbury, now a Byron burger restaurant on Store Street

Coram Street imposing art deco edifice.

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Fitzrovia on New Cavendish Street often missed because of the pub beneath.

North of Fitzrovia near The Regents Park is the MeliĂ  White House Hotel

Even Leicester Square has some hidden gems

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The Most Beautiful McDonald’s in the World is in Australia

The Most Beautiful McDonald’s in the World is in Australia

This Art Deco Gem is now a McDonald’s and is in Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia and “We’re Lovin’ It’


The McDonald’s restaurant in Clifton Hill, Melbourne is quite possibly the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. I’m not sure but perhaps we should have a poll? It’s certainly better than the Maccas on Balham High Road within walking distance of Du Cane Court anyway!

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Even at night it looks amazing although a little garish with the McDonalds signage.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

It has bands of different coloured bricks providing art deco style decoration on the ground floor. Check out some of these amazing pictures detailing the central stepped fin and curved wings with deep rounded balconies almost like Miami Beach and South Beach architecture of the time (which makes sense when you consider the climate). The windows overlooking the balconies are also curved.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

Originally the building was quite fittingly for this website, the United Kingdom Hotel, located at 199 Queens Parade and designed by James Hastie Wardrop and constructed between 1937 and 1938.

Clifton Hill McDonalds

It’s even approved by the Hufffington Post who call it one of the coolest McDonalds in their list!

Read more and check out their pictures of other cool McDonalds at Huffington Post.

McDonalds - Clifton Hill





Don’t live in Beautiful Art Deco Du Cane Court but want to see inside?

The wonders of technology and social media mean many of the residents of Du Cane Court have shared pictures of the inside of this stunning 1930’s building on Balham High Road in South London.

From the wonders of the balustrades to the original art deco features.

Even the utilitarian stairwells have some lovely touches and flourishes.

And why do so many people want to live here? Well, the views and sunsets are unrivalled in south London.

This ladies, gentlemen and those not defined by gender is why so many people want to live in this amazing art deco block of flats in south London.