Category Archives: 19th Century

The 19th century in Brussels: 1867

The reader will notice that most of the pictures are about memorials or from “guest cities” (Ottawa and Ghent). The only picture with an architect’s name is from a house built by Désiré De Keyser.


The 19th century in Brussels: 1868

Contrary to 1869 I found at least one façade displaying this year.

The reader will find in the gallery a picture of a building housing a marble workshop .Above the front door text “MARBRERIE G&H ALLARD Frs [Frères]” and “fondée en 1868” is dispalyed. Interesting is that the text and the surrounding decorative drawings and motifs is made up of a mosaic made of small tiles.

in this posts I also include pictures from the monument to Charles Rogier . He was Belgian statesman, liberal, revolutionary and free-mason. As you can see from the text where the year 1868 is displayed Charles Rogier promoted industrialisation and free trade.

Another interesting picture displaying the year 1868 is of a street sign with the name of Sergeant Henry De Bruyne, born in 1868, with a reference to Belgium’s colonial past.

Finally there is picture of the information sign at the “Bourse” building, indicating that construction work started in 1868 and was completed on 1874 (see also my post on 1874 where I have included a picture with the detail of the façade showing the year 1874).

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 19th century in Brussels: 1870

This year is rich in events, at least in Europe. In 1870 the Franco-Prussian war begins. This war led to a build up of the military in Belgium. An example of such build-up was the construction of the “Fort d’Evegnée”, nearby Liège.

My post includes a picture I took from a house built by architec G. Maréchal.


House by architect G. Maréchal

The 19th Century in Brussels: 1871

Again it is “history” the main factor that helped me in finding a year, in this case 1871, displayed in Brussel.

There is though one exception. The reader will notice the very nice façade with the year 1871 displayed at the top. This house is located at the Chaussée d’Ixelles, close to the crossing with rue de la Croix.

Two pictures in this post are related to the French writer Victor Hugo: façade of one of the houses where he lived (there is another one in the Grand’Place, and corresponding memorial.

Two other pictures concern two plaques of benefactors of the Hospice in Rue d’Accolay and a picture I took of a garden named to Commandant Arthur Auguste Gérard » (1871-1914) a Belgian mililtary who died in combat shortly after the start of World War I.

I took the two last pictures in Ottawa (guest city in this post). The façade is of a bulding at the corner of Bank Street with Sparks Street.

The 19th century in Brussels : 1872

I found the year 1872 displayed mainly because of history. In the pictures I am posting you will see that the Brussels’ Royal Conservatory for Music was built in 1872. As Spaniard this building brings memories of Spanish world renowned musiciens such as Pau Casals, who very briefly attended courses in 1895, and Isaac Albéniz, who studied there piano from 1876 to 1879.

Another interesting detail about the Conservatory’s building is that not far from there the first international courier service was organised by François de Tassis (Taxis) in 1516.

In this post there is a guest city. The last picture in the gallery is of the “Handelsbeurs” of Antwerp.

The 19th century in Brussels: 1873

Much to my surprise my archive included several pictures where the year 1873 could be found.

Some readers will recognise one of the façades of the Brussels’ Stock Exchange building (La Bourse). The year 1873 is depicted in the façade at the rear of the building. I have also included in this post’s gallery a picture of the piece with archangel Michael, at the top of the façade.

There is also a memorial of general Leman, a Belgian World War I hero, in the façade of a house in Etterbeek, where he lived from 1873 to 1906.

A street sign also displays the year 1873. This was the year David Livingstone died in Africa.

I did also picture a plaque at the “Concert Noble” a building containing a ballroom. It was built in 1873 and was designed by architect Hendirk Beyaert.

The two other memorials concern the 100 year anniversary of the train link Brussels – Calevoet and the place where Paul Verlaine shot Arthur Rimbaud on 10 July 1873. Interesting to note is that an exhibition is now running in Mons on Verlaine’s stay in prison, following the Brussels incident.