Etterbeek

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Etterbeek is an ancient rural village that grew up beyond the suburbs of Brussels. The constructions were born around Chausée de Wavre outward with the creation of the Avenue de Tervuren. Its urbanization ends between the wars combining neoclassicism and modernism through the typical Art Deco style.

The district of Linthout

As soon as Avenue Tervueren is created, new districts emerged near the Cinquantenaire Park with touches of neoclassicism and Art Nouveau, and if we drift around we will see that some of the facades show a great ornamentation. Intended for the bourgeoisie, the neighborhood immediately offered all the advantages: a green space and a shopping street with a nostalgic tram around the always lively street of Tongeren.

La chasse

Today place for exchanges and shops, this area projected in 1870 took a long time to urbanize, the plots being constantly reviewed and corrected. One of the icons of this area is the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue church.

Porte de Tervueren

In the Avenue Tervueren there are outdoor cafés, shops, offices and stately buildings. Nearby, bourgeois life is found in the district of Aduatiques, and Art Deco and contemporary buildings share the space.

Jourdan Place

Jourdan Place focuses the entire history of the commune, with a cosmopolitan European style. Famous for its shops, terraces, the pedestrian and Sunday market, it remains a pleasant place which don’t stop to change and develop.

The Jouët-Rey and Foyer Etterbeekois cities

Etterbeek has also developed a social architecture with buildings and apartments, with a bucolic character, like those built for the Haerne street or avenue E. Thibault (including a common central garden!).

Le Quartier du 11 Novembre

The modern urban center of the town is organized around the Roi Vainqueur place and the 11 Novembre Avenue. The yellow brick buildings and their symmetrical layout are typical of the ’50s. Besides, the center of the square was landscaped with a monument to the mayor, Louis Schmidt, who died in captivity in 1944.

Around Place Saint-Pierre

Convergence point of several major roads, the polygonal square was created in the early twentieth century on the site of a crossroads of ancient paths. It is mostly lined by eclectic style buildings and walking around, one can discover the workshop of master glassmaker Majerus (62 avenue de la Chasse), and also the Van Meyel place and its St. Gertrude Church. Further east are concentrated two art schools (Constantin Meunier academy and RHOK).

The flagship of school architecture

The many schools established around the area offer the beautiful development of school architecture. Among the numerous institutions, the College Saint-Michel is typical of the eclectic style with a predominant neogothic adopted by Catholic schools advocating a return to national traditions. This same spirit is reflected especially in the St. Genevieve and St. Stanislas institutions.

Etterbeek has always offered many shows of any kind. If some other cinemas have disappeared, others took over (Maelbeek, 97 rue du Cornet, l’Arrière-Scène, 30 rue de Chambéry or l’Atelier 210, 210 chaussée Saint-Pierre). It is remarkable the beautiful Art Deco ballroom of the St. Michel Theatre opened during the thirties.

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Saint-Gilles

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In less than 70 years, the nature of Saint-Gilles was replaced by an urban landscape still well preserved. This neighborhood isn’t known for its size but its people: 2.5 km2 for 45,000 inhabitants!

Obbrussel, the center of the town

The small village called once Obbrussel and placed around an old church (dedicated to Saint Gilles), was replaced in the nineteenth century to a lively and popular suburb.

At the end of the nineteenth century and after the industrial revolution, the neighborhood is embellished by new streets and collective spaces (Maison du Peuple). The population density has remained remarkable, as we can see in the high buildings.

Chausées and boulevards de ceinture

For centuries, the roads of Waterloo, Forest and Alsemberg have traversed through Saint-Gilles. These old roads have determined the structure of the neighborhoods settled thereafter, and the boulevards indicate the old frontier with Brussels, which the Hal Gate is the only remnant.

The Midi neighborhood

Close to the Midi Station, this is a regular neighborhood –strongly modified in recent years to accommodate the high speed train terminal– with ancient neoclassical houses. Today, le quartier du Midi is starting to transform to a business district.

Louise area

Denominate it in honor of their queen Louise-Marie, this avenue has become the elegant promenade of Brussels, part of which is located in Saint-Gilles. This long avenue connects the center to La Cambre forest.

The royal park

Around 1875, King Leopold II wants equip the Forest and Saint Gilles districts with a large public park, which fortunately still remaines. It is in this area that the town leads in 1925 cheap housing, chaussée de Forest, Gisbert Combaz and Bosnia streets. The architects all worked in the same spirit, playing on the complementarity or contrast of materials and delivering an interesting social housing area.

The Schools district

Rhétorique, Lycée and des Étudiants streets… This neighborhood, called so because of the presence of many schools, is designed with bourgeois houses, and eclectic Art Nouveau on the facades. All the irregular shape streets (located to the northeast) and the classic pattern ones take us to Louis Morichar Place, which serves as children’s playground.

Le quartier Sud

Located south of the district, this bourgeois residential area was one of the last of Saint-Gilles to emerge. Designed by the town planner Victor Besme since 1892, its most visited places are the “fortress” of the ancient prison and the Hôtel de Ville.

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