Category Archives: 19th Century

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 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.

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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.