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Harmonie Wijk Antwerpen

Park Harmonie and the Harmonie Concert Hall

Harmonie Wijk

Harmoniezaal 2011

Houses in Harmonie Wijk

Important Houses

The Province House

Belgium administrative system is quite complex. At the top we have Federal Government and the King in place of the President. Then, whole Belgium is divided in two parts, one which is French speaking (with small minority of German speakers) and is called Wallonia and the second one which is Dutch speaking and is called Flanders. There is still the third part that geographically belongs to Flanders but being multilingual and being the capitol of many things including EU is somewhat apart, this is Brussels.
It was not always like that. Before the WWII Belgium consisted of 10 provinces, 5 Flemish and 5 Walloon. These provinces exist till today although part of they role was taken by Flemish and Walloon governments. One of the Flemish provinces is the Antwerp province and this is the building of Antwerp province.

The building is one of the biggest in Antwerp, and under its parking there is an underground parking as well. Although the building is facing to Albert Park there is also a mini-park on the side. Official entrance is from the Koningin Elizabethstraat and the second entrance, for example for transport and deliveries is from the Harmoniestraat.  

Provincie House

Justitie Paleis

The Palace of Justice

When around 1859, all defensive walls of Antwerp were broken down not only the rich citizens started buying parcels and building houses along the new wide street but also the city started construction of some houses of public importance. The Palace of Justice was one of them.

At the beginning the Palace had only two floors. The Antwerp citizens called them immediately a “billiard table building” because it looks like a billiard table turned up side down. Then the third floor in a form of a mansard was constructed and after that the building was called Palace of Justice what was intended from the beginning. So the people jokes can have influence on the city architecture.

Electrabel Building

This building is standing at Mechelsesteenweg thus, on the border between Harmonie Wijk and Stadspark Wijk. Electrabel was established in 1905 in Antwerpen. Its actual name originates from 1990, after the regrouping of the companies Intercom, Ebes and Unerg.

For a long time a majority stake in Electrabel was held by the French company Suez. In 2005, Suez increased its stake to 96.7% and a squeeze-out of the remaining shareholders was completed on 10 July 2007, when the company was delisted from the stock exchange. Following Suez's 2008 merger with Gaz de France, Electrabel is now a subsidiary of GDF Suez.

It should be pointed out that even after liberalization of the energy market in Belgium Electrabel still holds its monopoly in production of electricity. There were many political ideas how to remove this monopoly but any of them was successful. The latest hope is to close the two big nuclear power plants of Electrabel but it seems that after this move we will remove monopoly together with most of our electricity production.

Electrabel

Konings Bier

Brewery De Koninck

De Koninck Brewery (Brouwerij De Koninck) is a Belgian brewery based in Antwerp. The glass in which De Koninck's flagship beer is served is called a bolleke, although this term is most colloquially used to refer to a glass filled with the beer itself.

The brewery began in 1833 when Johannes Vervliet converted a coach house into a brewery. Originally named Brouwerij De Hand the brewery is run today by Bernard and Dominique Van den Bogaert.The brewery is standing on the triple border of three districts; Harmonie Wijk, Stadspark Wijk and Berchem.

Antwerpse Waterwerken

These are the headquarters of the company producing drink water for the whole city of Antwerp, Antwerp’s haven and also for the city of Mechelen.

After 1832 cholera outbreak in Antwerp and 570 deaths it was decided to create a water company that will provide purified water in closed network for the city. After years of deliberations and discussions the combined offer of de Heer Quick and de Heer Dick based  on the English law was awarded in 1872 the Antwerp city concession.

Antwerpse Waterwerken as municipal company exists since 1880.   
Antwerpse Waterwerken
Monica Ziekenhouse

Monica Hospital

Known by most of the people as the Eeuwfeestkliniek (in English this name can be translated as Centenary Clinic). It is a surgical hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. Built in 1930, it was constructed on the 100 anniversary of Belgium for the city of Antwerp. After World War II, it came under the control of the Augustinian nuns and in the 1980s became part of the Monica healthcare umbrella.

The hospital was extensively renovated in the 1990s and then enlarged almost twice after acquiring a number of houses in its neighborhood.

It specializes in oncology, Emergency medical services, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Nice looking houses of Harmonie Wijk

School Jozef De Boom

HarmonieHouse

Above, House of Pleasance from 16th century at Harmonie Street. Left, School building from 18th century at Jozef De Boom Street.

Koningin Elizabeth stree houses

Above, below and to the right;

19th century Palaces facing the Albert Park at the Koningin Elizabeth Street.

Koningin Elizabeth street house
Koningin Elizabeth street house 3

To the right;

19th century Herenhuis at the Van Schoonbekestraat. House is facing the entrance to the Vinkenhof Park and the Vinkenhof complex.

 

VanSchonebeke House
Schulstraat houses Mechelsesteenweg Houses

To the left, Houses at Schulstraat. Above, Houses at the Mechelsesteenweg. The white small house is the entrance to Harmonie Concert Hall.