In 1929, H Live commissioned architect Ritchie McKinlay to design a building which, according to local tradition, would serve as a naval college. McKinlay is considered to have been one of the most important motivators of what has become known as the "Berea Style". It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 23 September 1988.
Subject to fairly recent refurbishment and external restoration, Quadrant House is a little jewel, on the Victoria Embankment. It is considered one of the epitomes of the so-called `Berea Style' which arose from local interest in Spanish Colonial Architecture as found, on the West Coast of North America. The Building is characterised by a prominent Central Bay Window, with a shell motif. Other key elements are a hierarchical play of hipped pavilion roofs and a series of Spanish frames to the windows and veranda openings. The original plan was quite chaotic: the ground floor was given over to shops while the Accommodation above was a maze of small Rooms, which were accessed from a central Staircase. One of the difficulties in planning the Building must have been the shape of the Site, a Quarter Circle or Quadrant from which the Building, derives its name. Fortunately the restoration has been sympathetic, keeping intact the major external characteristics of this clever little Building.
attrib Sunday Tribune Dec 25, 1988; attrib NIA Jnl 3/4 1992:6 ill
Itafa Amalinde Heritage Trust. 2010. Durban : Architecture and History : A guide. Durban: Itafa Amalinde Heritage Trust. pg 35, 44
Radford, D. 2002. A Guide to the Architecture of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Cape Town: David Philip. pg 17