Category Archives: 20th Century

The Interbellum: 1934

Similarly to 1933 it was easy to find houses built on that year or plaques and memorials displaying that year.

The first picture displays the year 1934 and the name of J.B. Dewin with the words “arch.” (architect) and “bouwm.” (bouwmeester), which is the dutch word for architect.  We have thus here a bilingual architect signature. I also found interesting the fact that after the year 1934 a dot has been placed. This signature can be seen on the façade of the town hall of the Brussels municipality of Forest / Vorst. Here is a link to Wikipedia with a nice picture of this building


The Interbellum: 1932 – 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post on 1932? which included pictures of the church of Saint Jean-Baptiste in Molenbeek.

This post displays pictures of architects signatures, some of them famous ones (Dewin, De Lestré, Van Meulecom). A picture with a building by Jasinski (with the corresponding signature) also appears in the post.

The reader will also notice the plaque (in French) mentioning 1932 as the year when construction of the church of Sainte Suzanne in Schaarbeek (see picture) was completed. Interesting to note is that this is one of the three Brussels churches built in concrete, the two others are Saint Jean Baptiste in Molenbeek (see my post on 1932) and Saint Augustin in Forest.

There is also a picture depicting the year 1932. It is from the façade of a school in Saint-Gilles.

Worthwhile mentioning also is the signature of architect Troffaers

The Interbellum: 1930 – 3

Here are a some more pictures displaying the year 1930.

The picture with the signature of architect Pierre Devos is to be found in the building that hosted the headquarters of the Belgian Red Cross. Note the picture with the name of the building contractor.

Three other pictures correspond to a a building in the Chaussée de Louvain. The interesting detail about this building is that, while on the top right part of the façade the year 1930 is displayed, it is the year 1912 that appears at the top left part.

The last picture is of a house by architect Paul Martin.


The Interbellum: 1931

This year seems an “easy” one, at least regarding architects’ signatures.

Among the architects we find A. Courtens. He built several art-déco houses in Brussels. He also designed one of the earliest art-déco buildings in Québec, namely the  “Centre commercial du Domaine-de-l’Estérel” .

Another interesting signature is the one that reads “EDITHBERGA RD 1931”. I was intrigued by this name. Crawling through the net I found that in the Dutch city of Maastricht there is a house with a plaque reading “EDITHBERGA ANNO 1916”. Here is the link. In fact the website containing the picture of the latter plaque includes a whole inventory of plaques and decorative elements in façades in Maastricht.

Readers will also notice that two pictures include the names of the “entrepreneurs” (the construction contractors) who built the houses.

I also want to draw the reader’s attention to the fact that one of the architects featured in this post, G. KNIPPERBERG, also appears in my post on 1911

Finally we have pictures from two “guest” cities: Ottawa (the picture showing the year of reconstruction of St. Joseph’s church) and León in Spain (the pictures shows a façade with in the pinnacle the name of a printing company  and the year 1931 in Roman numerals)


The Interbellum: 1930

During the Interbellum many houses in Brussels were built in Art Deco style.

In this post’s gallery the reader will find some gorgeous examples of art deco architecture expressed in the callygraphy of artchitects’ signatures (see signatures by P. Le Bon and by J. Rombaux)  or in the way the building year has been displayed.

I found the house by P. Le Bon very interesting and the engraving with his signatures most remarkable. I took a second picture showing the detail plum and the square. The callygraphy used is also amazing.

The two last pictures are about a house by architect A. Callewaert. Nice to see is that the street name appears in a stone engraving just above the architect’s signature.

The Interbellum: 1929 – 2

In this post I include a gallery with pictures of memorials and plaques.

Two famous people are featured in this post.

The first one was born in Brussels: actress Audrey Hepburn. As mentioned in the plaque the “comedienne” was born on 4 May 1929 in the Brussels’ municipality of Ixelles / Elsene. There is also a picture of the house where she was born.

The second one is singer Jacques Brel. The memorial displaying his birth’s year can be seen in a park (Wolvendael) in the Uccle / Uccle, also a Brussels’ Region municipality.

For both I have borrowed images from Wikimedia Commons.

The plaque in metal is to be found in a building called “L’Aegidium” also in Brussels. This building, by architect Guillaume Segers and dating from 1906, was first called “Diamant Palace” and belonged to Leon Bejao-Dejonge. It was a venue for shwos and parties. After being bought by Fernand Dierckx it was renamed to “Panthéon Palace” and in 1929 Canon Simons acquired the building, which was then used for parish activities (Aegidium in the Latin name for Saint-Gilles, the patron saint of this Brussels’ municipality). The plaque in the post displays a bas-relief of canon G. Simons and mentions that the “Aegidium” was inaugurated on 29-IX-1929.

For those interested here are two links about this building:

In French:

In English:

Finally, the bilingual plaque (French, Dutch) is to be found on the façade of the “Eglise du Divin Enfant Jésus” in the Houba de Strooper avenue, close to the Heyzel area.

The Interbellum: 1929

This year was an “easy” one as regards architects’ signatures displaying the year 1929.

In a separate post I will include a galllery with pictures of plaques and other memorials displaying the year 1929.