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The interbellum: 1935 – 2 (monuments and memorials)

Some of the the pictures included in this post remember us of people who either lived in Brussels or had some connections with the city or the Brussels’ Region.

The memorial to Fernando Pessoa is located close to Place Flagey in Ixelles, an area known by the many Portuguese cafés and restaurants. Queen Astrid of Belgium appears prominently in this post. She died in 1935. Three pictures are of a memorial close to the Royal Palace in Laeken. The fourth one is of a memorial in Kraainem, a Flemish municipality bordering the Brussels Region. I have also added a picture of a memorial to Queen Astrid in Ixelles.

Then there is a picture displaying the year 1935 at “Palais 5” of the Heysel Plateau . This exhibition hall was built for the Brussels International Exposition of 1935.

I also made a picture of a plaque of a school built in 1935 in the Rue des Capucins, a side the very popular “Rue Haute” and “Rue Blaes”. Finally there is also a picture of the plaque indicating the year of completion of the Hôpital Saint Pierre in Brussels. This building was designed by architect Dewin.



The interbellum: 1935 – 1 (architects signatures)

In view of the many pictures I had on store for this year I decided to write two posts: one with architect’s signatures and another one with memorials and monuments displaying the year 1935.

Some of the signatures included in this post are particularly interesting, especially because of the calligraphy.

The interbellum: 1936

The year 1936 seems an easy one when it comes to finding buildings architects signatures displaying that year.




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)