The Interbellum: 1934

Similarly to 1933 it was easy to find houses built on that year or plaques and memorials displaying that year.

The first picture displays the year 1934 and the name of J.B. Dewin with the words “arch.” (architect) and “bouwm.” (bouwmeester), which is the dutch word for architect.  We have thus here a bilingual architect signature. I also found interesting the fact that after the year 1934 a dot has been placed. This signature can be seen on the façade of the town hall of the Brussels municipality of Forest / Vorst. Here is a link to Wikipedia with a nice picture of this building

The Interbellum: 1933

1933 proved to be a very easy year when it came to find houses built or displaying that year.

In 1933 Pope Pius XI declared a Jubilee: this is reflected in the first picture I am showing on this post. The text “Anno Sancto” is dispalyed next to the year 1933 in Roman numerals.

In the post I also include a picture of the detail of a façade of a house displaying a what I believe to be a bee queen with two attendants.

The reader will notice that there are pictures with details of a bench. This bench is a memorial to paint Maurice GUILBERT and is located in Uccle’s “Parc de Wolvendael”. The “logo” of the painter is also displayed in one of my posts on the year 1926.

 

The 19th century in Brussels: 1869

Again, one “difficult” year: no pictures from houses displaying this year.

I only found memorials and plaques displaying the year 1869.

Here are the pictures I took.

The Interbellum: 1932 – 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post on 1932? which included pictures of the church of Saint Jean-Baptiste in Molenbeek.

This post displays pictures of architects signatures, some of them famous ones (Dewin, De Lestré, Van Meulecom). A picture with a building by Jasinski (with the corresponding signature) also appears in the post.

The reader will also notice the plaque (in French) mentioning 1932 as the year when construction of the church of Sainte Suzanne in Schaarbeek (see picture) was completed. Interesting to note is that this is one of the three Brussels churches built in concrete, the two others are Saint Jean Baptiste in Molenbeek (see my post on 1932) and Saint Augustin in Forest.

There is also a picture depicting the year 1932. It is from the façade of a school in Saint-Gilles.

Worthwhile mentioning also is the signature of architect Troffaers

The Interbellum: 1930 – 3

Here are a some more pictures displaying the year 1930.

The picture with the signature of architect Pierre Devos is to be found in the building that hosted the headquarters of the Belgian Red Cross. Note the picture with the name of the building contractor.

Three other pictures correspond to a a building in the Chaussée de Louvain. The interesting detail about this building is that, while on the top right part of the façade the year 1930 is displayed, it is the year 1912 that appears at the top left part.

The last picture is of a house by architect Paul Martin.

 

The Interbellum: 1931

This year seems an “easy” one, at least regarding architects’ signatures.

Among the architects we find A. Courtens. He built several art-déco houses in Brussels. He also designed one of the earliest art-déco buildings in Québec, namely the  “Centre commercial du Domaine-de-l’Estérel” .

Another interesting signature is the one that reads “EDITHBERGA RD 1931”. I was intrigued by this name. Crawling through the net I found that in the Dutch city of Maastricht there is a house with a plaque reading “EDITHBERGA ANNO 1916”. Here is the link. In fact the website containing the picture of the latter plaque includes a whole inventory of plaques and decorative elements in façades in Maastricht.

Readers will also notice that two pictures include the names of the “entrepreneurs” (the construction contractors) who built the houses.

I also want to draw the reader’s attention to the fact that one of the architects featured in this post, G. KNIPPERBERG, also appears in my post on 1911

Finally we have pictures from two “guest” cities: Ottawa (the picture showing the year of reconstruction of St. Joseph’s church) and León in Spain (the pictures shows a façade with in the pinnacle the name of a printing company  and the year 1931 in Roman numerals)

 

The Interbellum: 1930 – 2

This posts on the year 1930 concerns pictures related to history.

In some of the pictures readers acquainted with Belgian history will recognise Baudouin, King of the Belgians, in a familiar demeanor: waking, with hands clasped behind, and head slightly down. I found that this monument captures  very well the personality of Baudouin, who in the last years of his life seemed worried about a number of things, perhaps most about the future existence of his country. The monument’s floor stone displays his birth year: 1930

The other interesting historical person appearing in the gallery is Felix Hap. As mentioned in the memorial he was the founder and the leader of catholic charitable works in Etterbeek. He promoted a sizable number of institutions and bodies (e.g. schools, mutual health insurance schemes, workers corporations) in Etterbeek and in the Brussels area. He even renounced to be appointed mayor of Etterbeek because he wanted to devoted himself to this charitable activities. He died in 1930.

An interesting feature of his legacy is the park “Jean-Félix Hap”, located in the commune of Etterbeek. This park is made of of the garden of the Hap’s family house. It is a nice green spot in Brussels, close to the EU area.

For those interested to know more about the park and the Hap’s family: I found these two detailed studies in the website of the commune of Etterbeek.

http://www.etterbeek.be/nos-services/contrat-de-quartier-durable/pdf/documents/etude-historique-parc-hap-bailly.pdf/view

http://www.etterbeek.be/nos-services/contrat-de-quartier-durable/pdf/documents/etude-historique-maisonhap-dusausoy-version-290515.pdf

The remaining picture showing a series of years is taken from the memorial to Charles de Broqueville. From 1926 to 1930 he was Belgium’s Minister of Defence.