Category Archives: Ottawa

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 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.