Renting a luxury flat
This postcard advertises flats for rent in the stylish Du Cane Court in Balham. It shows an artist's impression of the high-rise complex and gives details of rental costs.
Luxury and more
Built in 1937, the flats were completed in just one year. They were designed in the Art Deco style by architect G. Kay Green. With around 676 flats, Du Cane Court is thought to be the largest private block of flats ever built in Europe. At the time of opening, it provided many extra services such as central heating, constant hot water, a large restaurant which held regular dinner dances and a licensed club.
The Du Cane family
During the Second World War, Du Cane Court was used to house part of the civil service. It was chosen for its quick and easy links into the city. The name comes from the Du Cane family. They were landowners in the 18th century and it was their land on which the building was constructed.
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