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The 19th century in Brussels: 1865

This year (1865) is a difficult one when it comes to find a house displaying 1865 as the year of construction.

So, the only thing I could find are memorials displaying the year 1965. Hereunder are a few examples.

The first one concerns king Leopold II of Belgium. He was born in 1865. The equestrian statue displaying the year is located at the rear of the Royal Palace.

The second one relates to Theordore Verhaegen, the founder of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The bronx statue was made in 1865 by Guillaume Geefs, a Belgian sculptor. There is anothe statue remembering Joseph Lebeau, a Belgian politician of the early years of Belgian independence. The statue is located in the crossing of the Avenue de Tervuren with the Boulevard de la Woluwe.

Two pictures are about the monument to the Belgian painter Antoine Wiertz in Brussels. He died in 1865. Some of his painting are very especial. I was struck by this one where Napoleon id depicted being consumed by flames in hell. The painting is titled Scene from Hell.

There is also a memorial to Felix Haps, a Brussels benefactor of the catholic charities. The last memorial rememembers Paul Hymans, another Belgian politician who was minister for Foreign Affairs in the years after World War I.  Here is a better picture of this memorial:  http://www.brusselsremembers.com/memorials/paul-hymans-at-rue-ducale.

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The 19th century in Brussels: 1866

I would call this a meager harvest. I did not find a house with an architects signature displaying the year 1866. Perhaps readers could help finding one.

What I found is a memorial in a house in “Place des Barricades / Barricadenplein” where the French writer Victor Hugo lived from 1866 till 1871 (see my post on 1971).

 

The interbellum: 1938

This year was rich in discoveries.

The reader will notice that I found some interesting items to capture with my camera.

One picture is about the memorial of Leon Delcroix, a Belgian composer who lived in Brussels. I also took a picture of a statue of the Virgin Mary with the year 1938 displayed in the pedestal. This statue is located at the entrance of a school nearby the Sainte Suzanne chuch (see my post on 1932).

 

The interbellum: 1937

1937 proved to be a prolific year.

In this post I am including some pictures with memorials.

One is to Anto Carte. I found him to be a remarkable artist. As mentioned in the plaque, he is the founder of the “Nervia” group, to foster Walloon art. In Brussels, Anto Carte designed the eight stained glass windows representing the life of Jesus in the Koekelberg Basilica.

The other memorial is about Victor de Laveye, a Belgian politician who, according to the memorial, invented the “V” sign (victory) that Churchill used during WW2.

Among the architects signatures displaying the year 1937 the one by J.B. Dewin could disappear soon. This signature can be seen now in one of the façades of the “Edith Cavell” clinic (rue Marie Depage). But the clicnic will be demolished and replaced by an appartment building, so this signature might be lost.

Another architect’s signature is worthwile to be mentioned. It is the one of Georges Troffaes. The pictures depicts what it is called a “plaque de notoriété”. This link points the reader to a picture of a similar “plaque de notoriété” from 1931 of the same architect, of in a house in Yvoir (Belgium).

Finally the picture with the “Anno Domini MCMXXVII” can be seen in the façade of a convent of nuns in rue Langeveld.

The interbellum: 1935 – 2 (monuments and memorials)

Some of the the pictures included in this post remember us of people who either lived in Brussels or had some connections with the city or the Brussels’ Region.

The memorial to Fernando Pessoa is located close to Place Flagey in Ixelles, an area known by the many Portuguese cafés and restaurants. Queen Astrid of Belgium appears prominently in this post. She died in 1935. Three pictures are of a memorial close to the Royal Palace in Laeken. The fourth one is of a memorial in Kraainem, a Flemish municipality bordering the Brussels Region. I have also added a picture of a memorial to Queen Astrid in Ixelles.

Then there is a picture displaying the year 1935 at “Palais 5” of the Heysel Plateau . This exhibition hall was built for the Brussels International Exposition of 1935.

I also made a picture of a plaque of a school built in 1935 in the Rue des Capucins, a side the very popular “Rue Haute” and “Rue Blaes”. Finally there is also a picture of the plaque indicating the year of completion of the Hôpital Saint Pierre in Brussels. This building was designed by architect Dewin.

 

The interbellum: 1935 – 1 (architects signatures)

In view of the many pictures I had on store for this year I decided to write two posts: one with architect’s signatures and another one with memorials and monuments displaying the year 1935.

Some of the signatures included in this post are particularly interesting, especially because of the calligraphy.

The interbellum: 1936

The year 1936 seems an easy one when it comes to finding buildings architects signatures displaying that year.