Local Heart, Global Soul

December 30, 2017

Former Belgian Town Hall In Baarle-Hertog…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next place that we come across is the former Belgian Old Town Hall in Baarle-Hertog. I did some research and discovered that:

“Old town hall of Baarle-Hertog in neoclassical style from 1877 to design by P.J. Taeymans, restored in 1988; until 1986 in use as a town hall and field sentry, present archive, work and exhibition space of Heemkundige Kring Amalia van Solms; located on the corner with the Desiree Geeraertstraat (Baarle-Nassau).

Detached double house with rectangular floor plan. Brick row facades on high pedestals finished on the front with pseudo-rustica facade with plastered and painted corner pillars.

Raised ground floor, only accessible via double stitch stairs and landing with wrought iron railing; the round arch door in the middle gives access to the basement.

Against the western side wall monument of brick and sandstone with bronze sculpture group by L. Van der Meer from Breda, erected in memory of the resistance fighters of Baarle-Hertog on 10/9/1944 and inaugurated on 10/9/1949.

(information from Provinciaal Archief Antwerpen, Gemeentehuizen, Baarle-Hertog)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“The Residence. This former residence was the first Town Hall of Baarle-Hertog and was in use until 1987. It was designed by P.J. Taeymans and built in 1877”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. What a beautiful brick edifice, especially love the arched windows and door. The centerpiece way above the door is lovely too. Is this building a historical site or is it still in use for another purpose today? Thank-you, I am so entranced with this tour!

    Comment by Ellen — December 30, 2017 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

    • Ellen,
      Wow, You win the “most observant” award Ellen! I missed the top piece completely (not like me at all) so apologies that there this therefore no close-up of it. Yes, the building is in use, but in what capacity is not quite clear, the sign just says that the “Residence” is open to the public during the noted hours = Wednesdays, the first Sunday of the month or by special appointment. Sadly our Sunday was not the first one in the month and we didn’t have long enough in Baarle to make an appointment. (those may only sometimes be for larger groups too). Beautiful isn’t it?! It’s likely that the building is used for general work of some sort, it’s worth noting that (only) on Wednesday afternoons in The Netherlands, primary schools close at lunch time, and the kids are free in the afternoon. Also for many companies in The Netherlands a “full” working week consists of 32 hours, (my employer has a 40 hour working week ) so maybe this has some bearing on why the tour is Wednesday?

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 1, 2018 @ 6:20 pm | Reply


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