CHARLIES CHAPEL

CHARLIES CHAPEL

This single-aisled brick chapel in honor of Our Lady of Seven Woes was built in 1883 in neo-gothic style. It is located on the castle domain of Chateau Jumanji and served as a neighborhood chapel and starting point for the district procession. The chapel contains a three-sided choir with a painted wooden altar and with a polychrome statue of Our Lady of Seven Woees. Behind the iron closing gate is a ship with benches. On the walls; white painted images of saints on baroque consoles with angel figures including Saint Joseph, Saint Anthony and Saint Margaret. Although it is listed as heritage, the chapel is in a particularly deplorable condition and there are noticeable cracks in the walls and multiple subsidence. Since the chapel was opened, the situation has only deteriorated visibly. Several statues were destroyed by vandalism. As part of the renovation work on the manor, the chapel has already been emptied in light of the pending renovation…


Workshop by Marco Orazi Via Flickr: Dust a…

Workshop

Workshop by Marco Orazi

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TOWN MANSION

TOWN MANSION

The impressive Town Mansion was built in 1912 by order of the son of a German entrepreneur who had been based in Antwerp since the mid-19th century and was one of the founders of what would later become the transatlantic shipping company Red Star Line. He inhabited the mansion, with his wife and two sons, until his death in 1937. The eclectic-style mansion with the neo-Louis XVI slant belongs to the later oeuvre of the architect, who built a large number of distinguished townhouses in eclectic and neo-Flemish Renaissance style in Antwerp during the first decades of his career, but later focused on industrial architecture. After the death of the original occupant, the property was sold to a large family, akin to a major inland shipping company. Numerous adjustments and embellishments to the house date from his period, such as the figurative stained glass windows, the paneling and the gold leather in the rear salon and in the large salon the room-wide figurative frieze with classical themes and scenes referring to his trading activities in shipping. After the death of the owner of the house in 1961, his widow continued to live in the mansion until 1963, after which it became the property of the Belgian State. The valuable furniture of this building, which is often inextricably linked to the wall-fixed decoration (tapestries, incorporated into the paneling, paintings on the mantelpieces, and so on), is the property of the provincial administration and has been kept in storage for many years. The intention was to house the official residence of the governor there, but in view of the major renovation costs that the re-use would entail, this never happened. The building has been vacant since the early 1990s, resulting in several squatters. In the spring of 2018 the property was sold to a private owner who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Polder – 2012

Polder – 2012

The quiet streets of the abandoned Village of Doel in Belgium.


CINE THEATRE VARIA

CINE THEATRE VARIA

Ciné Théatre Varia (popularly called Ciné Varia) is an atypical building in Belgian concrete history, a remnant of the golden age of silent cinema. The Liège architect Eugène Claes (1886-1947) designed the building in 1911, inspired by industrial exhibitions and international events, which took place simultaneously in the major Belgian cities. He resolutely opts for Art Nouveau, which was at the time flourishing throughout Europe. He uses concrete as decorative elements for the facade, consisting of beams and columns with brick filling and decorated with cement decorations. However, the auditorium, with a capacity of 1,100 spectators, is designed in steel, Art Nouveau style with a metal frame to crown the whole. For fire safety reasons when showing films, which was then done by a process with flammable resin (hence the name “film flamme”), the design had to be adapted at the eleventh hour and the concrete was extended to the complete design of the theater. Construction was completed in 1913, but the building wasn’t inaugurated until 1917. The Varia can look back with pride on celebrities such as Bourvil, Adamo, Fernandel and Johny Halliday, who populated the stage during the golden 1950s and 60s. In the 1980s, however, things went sideways quickly for the once popular theater. Partly due to concerns about the stability of the building, the curtain for the Varia finally falls in 1986. The facade of the building was classified as a monument in 1992 and is currently still under construction for renovation. For the rest of the building, the future is not looking very good. After all, that part is not classified and estimates for its renovation amount to no less than 5 million euros…


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