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The interbellum: 1939

For 1939 I found several houses displaying that year with names of architects. One of the pictures though, the one displaying the text “Evere 1939”, is to be found in the façade of the City Hall of Evere, a Brussels’ municipality.

As regards history 1939 was a very special year. It is the start of World War II and the end of the Spanish Civil War.

 

The 19th century in Brussels: 1861

1861 is another “difficult” year. I did not manage to see a house with the that year depicted in the façade.

I saw the year 1861 displayed in two memorials. The first is about the José Rizal, the Philippine’s independence hero.  He was born in 1861. (see also my post on 1896).

The other two pictures are from the monument to Charles Rogier,  a Belgian statesman (see my posts on 1868 and 1885).

Interesting to note is that both, José Rizal and Charles Rogier, were free-masons.

 

 

The 19th century in Brussels: 1862

In this post the reader will find pictures of house displaying the year 1862 but also of people who was either born or dead in that year.

The most prominent figure appearing in this post is Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen, a Belgian liberal politician and Freemason. The pictures concerning Verhaegen are from his masonic burial monument and catholic tombstone. The reader will notice that in the masonic dating system is used in the burial monument (5682 instead of 1862, the year that Verhaegen died).

The 19th century in Brussels: 1863

1863 is not an “easy” year.

Here is what I found:

First a plaque, in the Brussels municipality of Forest – Vorst, remembering the U.S born poet Stuart Merrill. In this post I have included a portrait of his wife, painted by Jean Delville, a Belgian symbolist artist.

I also found the signature of the Belgian sculptor Jean-André Laumans, displaying the year 1863, in the tympanum of the church of Saint-Boniface.

The year 1863 also appears in a the façade of a house where the name of Laeken – Laken, a suburb, and former municipality in the north-west of Brussels. In the façade the evolution in history of the name of the municipality can be seen. Laken is the last displayed name, together with the year 1863.

The 19th century in Brussels: 1864

This year was also a “difficult” one. I did not find houses displaying the year 1864.

I found the year 1864 displayed in the information provided to tourists on the Berlaymont building, which houses the European Commission.

In 1864 the cemetery of Molenbeek was inaugurated as mentioned in the memorial at the entrance. In that cemetery Horta designed the burial monument of the Cresonnières family.

 

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.

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).