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Colonial Mutual Building

330 Dr Pixley Kaseme / West Street, Hennesey & Hennessey / L.A.Elsworth, 1931-33.

Probably the earliest Union Period skyscraper built for an insurance company in the Art Deco style with characteristic decoration and details. It is historically a prominent city landmark. Along with the Enterprise Building, the Colonial Mutual Building encapsulates the image of economic and political power. Gothic and Romanesque elements are used as a reference to the strength and longevity that Gothic and Romanesque architecture symbolized. Chevrons are associated with the jazz-age popular culture of the time. Sculpted lions were a political symbol associated with the British regimen of old.

Researcher: Lindsay Napier

Photographer(s): Unknown