Architect: G. Kay Green
Du Cane Court
This immaculate one bedroom flat forms part of Du Cane Court, a distinctive Art Deco block and local landmark that was opened in 1937.
Accommodation is on the 6th floor and reached by a lift from the fantastic and fully restored Art Deco lobby. The flat has one bedroom with built-in wardrobes, a sitting/dining room, kitchen with marble worktops and a bathroom.
Renovation has been completed to an excellent standard by the current owners who work in architecture and interior design, and includes new electrics and plumbing. Sliding pocket doors provide a practical and aesthetic versatility, and large original Crittal windows flood the entire space with light and offer uninterrupted views across south-west London.
The building has a twenty-four hour porter service, secure bike storage, and heating and water are included in the service charge.
The communal areas of the block have held on to many of the original 1930s details, especially noticeable in the lobby, which sports the trademark curves and tone of the era. The Japanese gardens that surround the building were landscaped by Seyemon Kusumoto.
Du Cane Court is an illustrious local landmark and the largest privately owned block of flats under one roof in Europe. Its distinctive footprint was reputedly used as a navigational landmark by German pilots bombing London during the Second World War. It was also a popular place to live for many music hall stars in the 1930s and 1940s and boasted a shop and a social club on the top floor, before the area was converted into flats.
Du Cane Court is in the heart of Balham, a two-minute walk from both Balham Overground station and Balham tube station with quick connections to central London on the Northern Line. Both Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common are nearby.
Lease: 83 years
Service charge: £2,000 per annum
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G. Kay Green
British architect George Kay Green is best known for designing a number of Art Deco apartment blocks in London in the first decades of the 20th century.
Relatively little is known about his early career. In 1897, in partnership with William H. McLachlan, Green established a practice in Edinburgh prior to relocating to London. His most notable projects were carried out in the 1930s, and include Sloane Avenue Mansions – an 11-storey Art Deco residential building in Chelsea, Nell Gwynn House (also in Chelsea), and Balham’s Du Cane Court, completed in 1937.
Key Residential Projects
Art Deco apartment blocks in London