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Harmonie Wijk Antwerpen

Park Harmonie and the Harmonie Concert Hall

Harmonie Wijk

Harmoniezaal 2011

Streets of Harmonie Wijk

The list of all streets in Harmonie Wijk

A
Aarschotplaats
Aarschotstraat

B
Biartstraat
Britselei
Bronstraat

C
Constantia Teichmannplaats

D
De Damhouderestraat
De Moystraat
Desguinlei
Doornelei

 

 

 

F
Fourmentstraat

G
Gounodstraat

H
Harmoniestraat

I
Isabella Brantstraat

J
Jan Blockxstraat
Justitiestraat

K
Koningin Elisabethlei

L
Lange Lozanastraat

M
Mechelsesteenweg
Mertens en Torfsstraat
Molenstraat
Montebellostraat
Mozartstraat

P
Peter Benoitstraat

S
Sanderusstraat
Schulstraat
Stockmansstraat

T
Teichmannstraat

V
Valkenburgstraat
Van Schoonbekestraat
Verdussenstraat
Vinkenstraat

Some streets that I like

Britse Lei

Britse lei

It is one of the few wide streets of Antwerp. This street is part of the so called Internal Antwerp’s Ring and it is created after the destruction of Antwerp’s defensive walls. The whole internal ring is composed of 4 streets. Starting from the south they are America lei, Britse lei, Frankrijk lei en Italië lei. These names were given to them after the First World War to commemorate the 4 wining countries. In 2006 two of them, America lei and Britse lei were totally renovated.

Gounodstraat

Although it is very small street, there are few houses at the end of the street that does not look as many others. On the photo on the left you can see them both. There are also other houses in the neighborhood because this street ends at the Constantia Teichmannplaats, a rectangular square with quite a few very old and picturesque houses.

Mechelsesteenweg and the Gounodstraat you will se the highest apartment building in Harmonie Wijk (more than 15 floors) and on the ground floor of this building you will find the KBC bank.  

Harmoniestraat

Long street that is very characteristic to the whole district of Harmonie Wijk. More than 150 houses are along this street including all possible ones; one-family small houses, herenhuizes, city-villas, apartment buildings, one hospital and the Antwerp Province headquarters.

This is quite a lot as for one single street and this not the end of the list. There is also an entrance to the Harmonie Park.

Gounodstraat

The photo on the left side (below) shows the first part of the street going parallel to the Mechelsesteenweg, previously just the road to the city of Mechelen. In the old times, before the destruction of Antwerp’s defensive walls, this part of the street existed as a road to, so called in this time, the houses of pleasure.

Harmonie24

It were houses similar to today’s cottages outside the big city where rich owners can spend nice time during the weekends and holidays. One of such houses is still standing at the Harmoniestraat.

The photo on the right shows the part of Harmoniestraat after its big turn in direction of Lange Lozanastraat. This part of the street was the first south border of the Harmonie Wijk and the first old south border of Antwerp.

Harmonie88

The name Harmonie not only sounds like a harmony in music but this name is in fact taken from music terminology. In what is today Harmony Park there is real concert hall constructed in the 19th century.  This was the first place when Antwerp’s musicians could play at that time. Today, we have two more concert halls where the music is played thus from the 19th century there is only name Harmony that remains.

Isabella Brantstraat

It is very nicely looking street and also very special. The herenhuizes that you see on the photo looks like some serial production of homes. But in fact, only a few are almost the same. Small details on the façade are to distinguish one from another and on the backyard probably there are no two the same looking houses and certainly their gardens.

It is also very quiet street with only internal traffic of inhabitants. It is very important today otherwise you may get transit traffic during rush hours including lorries and school buses.

Isabella Brandtstraat
Justitiestraat

Justitiestraat

The name of this street is rather straightforward. The long building of red bricks seen on the left side of the street is nothing else but the Justitie Paleis constructed in the second half of 19th century. This is the place where all more serious cases of wrong doing in the Antwerp province were judged. And it was so till 2006 when the new building for Antwerp Justice was completed. What will be then in the old building? 

At this moment general renovation of this building is taking place and after that there will be Assize Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Labour. But the name of the street will certainly remain.

Koningin Elisabethlei

At the second half of 19the century the terrain of today’s Albert Park was surrounded by city-canals called in Dutch gracht. When it was finally decided that this terrain will become a new park the last gracht was filled with soil and gravel and in this exact place became the Koningin Elisabethlei.

Waiting for a nice view on the park the rich citizens of Antwerp as well as some companies have built quite solid and bombastic palaces along this street. The other side of the street never existed because it was the park from the very beginning.

Koningin Elizabethlei
Lange Lozanastraat

Lange Lozanastraat

As the name suggests it is really very long street. It starts at the Internal Antwerp Ring and goes to the end of 19th century Antwerp, today, the border of Harmonie Wijk. Typically, every very long street is well suited for public transport so Lange Lozanastraat also is. The problem is that is some places this street is still very narrow when at other places it is already made wider. Today you will find only the buses driving this street and a lot of additional places to park but this will be not for ever.

Mechelsesteenweg

This street was during Middle Ages the road from Antwerp to the city of Mechelen (about 25 km). When this road became important for local economy it was pawed with stones and that is exactly what the Flemish name is saying, the “stone road to Mechelen”. It starts at the Internal Antwerp Ring (at the Middle Ages Gate in Antwerp defensive wall) and is going though the whole Antwerp city, changing its name few times in different parts of the city and ending as a real road N1 to Mechelen.   

Mechelsesteenweg
Peter Benoitstraat

Peter Benoitstraat

This street is in fact another part of Harmoniestraat, the part which is more close to the old city. It is also the reason that this street was named after Peter Benoit die in 19th century started the music life in Antwerp. He was composer and creator of Antwerp Music School that later was upgraded to Music Academy. Thanks to him we also have an Opera in Antwerp thus, his name given to this street is very reasonable.  

It is also to be mentioned all the bombastic buildings on this street are from the end of 19th century thus, the times of Peter Benoit.  

Van Schoonbekestraat

Gilbert Van Schoonbeke lived in 16th century and worked in Antwerp’s city governance. He was the first real estate agent in Antwerp and he has made a fortune by buying, developing and selling the terrain in parcels. In 1548 he constructed the new defensive walls and he also purchased terrains outside the Antwerp’s walls including big part of today’s Harmonie Wijk. Then he created on this terrain roads and begun selling parcels for so called Houses of Pleasance or just weekend villas.

Many of these roads are today streets and Van Schoonbekestraat is going to the place where Heer Gilbert constructed one such house for himself.

Van Schonebekestraat