The Former de Cleves-Ravenstein Mansion also commonly known as Hotel Ravenstein is the last standing example of the aristocratic mansions built between the end of the XV century and the beginning of the XVI century. This brick and sandstone building of late Brabant Gothic style was originally part of a vast building complex, divided and partially demolished over the centuries. This mansion, restored and transformed several times, is articulated around a main courtyard. The interior still holds pieces of furniture from the XVI and the XVIII century.
La maison des chats or what would be translated into English as The House of Cats is a Flemish Neo-Renaissance building that won a first prize at the facade Contest organized by the City between 1872 and 1876 in the context of laying out the new Center boulevards. Designed according to the project of H. Beyaert, this building dating from 1874 promotes a “national” style, inspired by local models. The traditional and typical patterns of Flemish architecture are interpreted with it and freedom to show the revival of art and culture in Belgium.
A few places in the center of Brussels still have remnants it’s colonial times and display Art inspired by the vegetation and animal life of the once Belgian Congo, The most recurrent theme is the banana.
As seen here on top of a building at 75 rue Antoine Dansaert
The building was erected in 1927 for Gerard Koninckx FrÃ¨res an exotic fruit wholesalers by Eugene Dhuicque.
Multiple banana motifs can be seen and for a good reason, this is the fruit that made the fortune of many merchants in the beginning of the 20th century.
Last example of the fruitful trade in bananas is located at 34 boulevard d’Ypres. Again built for Gerard Koninckx FrÃ¨res, this pretty Art Deco building was decorated with golden fruits & bananas on top of the columns of it’s facade.