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Belgium Town Mansion (Permission Visit) - May 2018

obscureserenity

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The Town Mansion was originally built in 1912 by a wealthy petroleum importer. During the early 20th century, the area in which the mansion was built, had become a hub for many rich German families in the early 1900's. By 1918, once the First World War had come to an end and the town was heavily damaged by the intense bombing raids at the start of the war and then German occupation of Belgium in 1914. Only two houses in that street survived, the Town Mansion being one of those. It was then later occupied by a Belgium shipbuilder until the late 1960's, when it was used as an office space. The mansion was abandoned in 1991 and hasn't been formally resided in since.





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Visited with @PROJ3CTM4YH3M and a non forum member. As I recall it was a particularly hot spring day and we all excited to see this location, partly to escape from the intense heat. Once we got inside we spent a short amount of time wandering around before we eagerly started taking our pictures. I can confidentially say that this is one of the grandest mansions in Belgium I have visited. I did wonder what the lives of the families that once inhabited it were like and the memories they must have had. It was a very enjoyable explore for me and as always, I hope you enjoy my photos!





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If you got this far, thanks for reading (y)
 
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Yes, Igor was funny. He told us that two Dutch brothers are the owners (but my visit was already over seven years ago, so I don't know if that's still true today).

We were there for many hours. So I also had the time to shoot a video there (I rarely make video recordings, but usually just photos).




 

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Thats real nice chick! I love those columns in pic 2. Got a real nice look to it. Like the decay and love that the furniture is still there. Enormous amount of craftsmanship in there, the wood carvings, balustrade & stair are just WOW! 

Nice (y)  

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Great set of photos!

Yes, Igor is still there... For the time being. Last time I was there (September 2018) the mansion had been sold for 2.4 million euros (that would be almost 2.7 million pounds), but the buyer hadn't come up with the money yet. I'm still seeing photos appear regularly, so I'm guessing he didn't go through with it. Which is a good thing, because I have to go back one more time to get some outside shots. On both occasions I was there it was grey or raining...
 
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