Top was a beachball-shaped structure which functioned as a
mini stage and was on the beach next to the Mermaid Lido.
The first Little Top was a tent structure which performed
the same function for many years.
located a picture or established the exact location of the
first structure but we now know a bit more about its successor.
A couple of days ago I had an e-mail from Hans Hallen who
designed the beachball. He wrote:
attached are two pictures of the "beachball" and
that indicates the position in relationship to Addington
hospital. It was designed by me in 1970 and erected soon
there after. The dome is made of reinforced fibreglass prefabricated
sectionsfitted over a steel frame. The original surface
design was applied in polyurethane paint at the works of
the Pinetown manufacturer of the segments by me and members
of the staff of the office! The colour of the segments was
changed to a blue and white pattern about ten years later."
it was called the Little Top (it was just the conceptual
idea of a beachball that I in my haste used). An old bandstand
which was sited some distance from where the Little top
was built had been dismantled years before.
I was an architect in practice in Durban at the time and
designed many of the beach facilities at the time after
selection and appointment. My firm at the time was Hallen
and Dibb and later projects were done under the title Hallen
Theron and Partners. We designed many of the buildings and
projects. The design include Huletts Head office, Durban
Workshop and its adjacent City Park and Garage."
Little Top / Beach Ball soon after it was errected.
long shot showing its location with Addington hospital
in the background.
/\ Click for enlargements.
courtesy Hans Hallen.