Dex Garage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1931

DEX Garage opened in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1931 in the ‘Art Deco’ style of the period. It is the oldest existing straight ramped multi-storey car park outside of London and the fourth oldest existing in England. It originally included rest and washing facilities for Chauffers awaiting the conclusion of their employers’ business or entertainment in the city centre; a car lift and turntables to transport these large Chauffer-driven cars to an available parking space; washing, servicing and refuelling facilities as well as a new car showroom. The 5-storey steel frame and reinforced concrete structure remains in use today as a city centre car park, with many of its original features remaining intact. We were asked by Newcastle City Council to prepare a report on the building to assess it’s architectural significance.

Dex Garage

LJ Couves & Partner’s original design drawings, 1930

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Shortly after opening in 1931

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Advertisement in September 1931

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

The Forecourt in 1963

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Aerial view 2009

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Brass pivot boss from original turntable on first floor

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Bas relief lettering on front Tower

Dex Garage

Dex Garage

Third floor with metal windows

Dex Garage

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