Category Archives: Architect

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: 1933

1933 proved to be a very easy year when it came to find houses built or displaying that year.

In 1933 Pope Pius XI declared a Jubilee: this is reflected in the first picture I am showing on this post. The text “Anno Sancto” is dispalyed next to the year 1933 in Roman numerals.

In the post I also include a picture of the detail of a façade of a house displaying a what I believe to be a bee queen with two attendants.

The reader will notice that there are pictures with details of a bench. This bench is a memorial to paint Maurice GUILBERT and is located in Uccle’s “Parc de Wolvendael”. The “logo” of the painter is also displayed in one of my posts on the year 1926.


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: 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: 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.

Achitects’ signatures (not dated) – 2

Here I continue with my posts about architects’ signatures that do not include a year.

This gallery comprises architects’ names starting with the letter C.

In the gallery of pictures two of the signatures concern houses that are located in Liège (thus a “guest city” in this post). They architects signing in Liège are Crahay and Cadanus.

I would also draw the attention to the reader to the “seal” that appears under the signature of architects “Crickx & Marit”. It certifies that the ceramic used in the façade was produced by the company “Helman Ceramic”. In my archives I have seen that there is a another picture displaying this seal, next to the architect’s signature.

For those interested in learning more about the “Helman Ceramic” company see this post in a blog, in Dutch. There are pictures of the old location of the company, but perphaps more important, of the very fine ceramics they produced for use in façades.

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.