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.
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.
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.
Memorial of Stuart Merrill in Forest
Portrait of Mrs Stuart Merril by Jean Delville
Detail of St Boniface church displaying 1863
St Boniface church
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.
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).
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).