The Mutual Building

Cape Town, South Africa 1940


 This stunning Art Deco building was initially built as the headquarters of the South African Mutual Life Assurance Society. Currently converted to residential use.


The building

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By AndyBOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0


The Tribal Figures

On the Parliament Street facade there are carved granite figures representing nine ethnic African groups (not just South African)

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By AndyBOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Granite tribal figures


 




 

The Windows 

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By AndyBOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0


A portion of the 386 feet frieze that traverses three sides of the building, showing the 1820 settlers landing.



One of the longest carved stone friezes in the world.



Lifts

Some of the various animal-inspired etchings on the Lifts

Granite Cladding


The cladding incorporates decorative baboon, elephant and tribal heads that project from the upper facades.






Interior

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By AndyBOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0
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By AndyBOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The fresco room on the eighth level (known as the “Assembly Hall”) contains frescoes by Le Roux Smith Le Roux.





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