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Out of my archive 2007

The name of the building “OUR HOUSE”

That the socialist movement in the second half of the 19th century chose the Vrijdagmarkt to settle there was no coincidence. A large building in a historically significant place had a symbolic meaning for the socialist movement.
Because her clothing magazines at the Garenmarkt were too small, the Samenwerkende Maatschappij Vooruit bought two inns in 1893 on the Vrijdagmarkt. Ferdinand Dierkens (1856-1938) converted them to the Groote Magazijnen. The inauguration took place in 1894. The building functioned as a shop of the cooperative and also had meeting rooms and a banquet hall. The cooperative then sold mainly bread and clothing. In 1897 the building burned completely. Edward Anseele, socialist leader and politician, who had visited the Grands Magasins in Paris, commissioned Dierkens to design an imposing two-part building on the site of the burned-down building. One part, Our House, had to accommodate the party center, while the other part (now Bond Moyson) would form a new warehouse.

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