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  Fire fighter building at Vossenplein Brussels
by irisbe

The name Vossenplein derives from the Vossenstraat and the Renard factory, a factory specialized in steam engines. In 1844 it closed down and the whole area is cleaned up and made ready for urbanisation. The city councelor for urbanisation who?s plan this was, is Mr. Blaes. The Blaesstraat is named after him.
The square was only finished when two big building projects were realised: the new Capucine church and then the new Fire fighters building (see picture).
Believe it or not but it is again architect J. Poelaert who designed it and made up the plans.
Because it was considered healthy for the people they had some amusement, a kind of ball game lane was realised.
It was this game that inspired the francophone to start to call the Vossenplein the ?Place du Jeu de Balle?.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2004
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