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Remnants in Belgium

The Löwenbrau partyhall of the Expo Fun Fair as found in Kontich. The dancehall is now a large dressing-store with an old-fashioned oberbayrn café-restaurant in front.

Left: this small office of the public swimming pool in Diest has an indefinable expo building as structure. Other picture shows a store in Berbroek.  A lot of Expo materials was used for the framework.

 

These pictures show the former I.B.M. pavilion which is now used as a large showroom for excavators.

The former pavilion of Cote d’Or is rebuilt with extra Expo stairs and terrace as Discotheque Carré. Today it is well known as one of the better dance halls in Belgium. 

Discotheque Carré - Willebroek

Lyceum for Girls - Genk

Taverne Astrid - Kontich

Public Indoor Swimming Pool - Diest

The pavilion of Jacques Chocolats was rebuilt in Diest as an indoor swimming pool. The stairs which was original mounted outside the building became a covering by the rebuilt. Probably the windows of the Holy See church were used for the glass walls. In the eighties the complete building became a renovation including an extension of the water chute and an alteration of the roof.

Frame Factory Douven Leopoldsburg

A very rare building constructed by using hardware of different Expo pavilions. This former frame and paintings factory is now used as a hobby room

Excavators Verbist - Londerzeel

Buildings - Diest / Berbroek

This was the pavilion of the Timber Industry during the exhibition and is now used as a large city sports hall. 

Expo Hal - Deurne

Football Canteen - Lembeek

Café-Restaurant Margaille - Lembeek

This canteen was constructed with materials of different undefined buildings of the Attractions Park. The back-part, as seen on the second picture became an extension to create more room for the fans. In the nineties, the original bar got complete renewed. Walls and ceilings of the storage compartment and the kitchen are still original.

Unrecognizable, but an alteration of a real Expo construction. Authentic photographs decorating the inside walls and prove that it was once the Union Pils beerhall, located at the Fun Fair.

Saint Anthony’s church - Kraainem

After the Expo, this nice lookin’ church was rebuilt in Kraainem. It was the second part of the Expo Chapel which was located in the Modern Section nearby the Folklore Section.

Saint Pie X Church - Ottignies

This modern church is an almost perfect copy of the Sacraments Chapel of the Civitas Dei pavilion. The architect used the original design in combination with other materials to put up the construction.

Also the separate standing clock tower is a derivative of the Holy See steeple. The church is furnished with the original interior of the 1958 chapel. The altar, the crucifix, the baptismal font and many enamel wall decorations give this building a real Expo touch.

Saint Paulus College - Wevelgem

School Eeklo

One of the former buildings for the Expo staff is used today as a classroom  in Eeklo.

This school-building is one of the best conserved and most original Expo buildings I’ve found so far. It was the former Yugoslavian pavilion during the 58er world fair and it was renowed for its futuristic design. After more than 45 years it doesn’t look dated and it still looks like a modern construction.

These pictures show some remarkable details of the building. Right picture shows one of the both roof drainages with the original expansion pipe. The lettering on the facade is in the same type-face as it was in 1958.

Saint Albertus College - Haasrode

In the early sixties, this teaching institute was in need of an addition of the existing buildings. A lot of Expo materials was used to solve this problem. Especially the windows and casements of indefinable pavilions were used for integration in new constructed walls. Also domes and wooden arches are part of this building.

This is the former Canadian pavilion and it was rebuilt in Genk  as a modern schoolbuilding for girls. In the eighties the exterior became new panels with mirrorglass

This spiralled stairway leads you to the first and second floors were the classrooms are located. Floor covering is still original.

At the back of the covered entrance, the large Canadian party hall is still integrated in the building. This magnificent place with its original floor, ceiling, wooden pillars, curtains and platform has the walls decorated with unique Expo stars

The central station of the cable-lift, in the early sixties transported to Zonhoven and reconstructed as a well known sports shop.

Melosport - Zonhoven

P58 / City Films - Ukkel

A few of the former buildings which were part of the Belgian agriculture contribution are rebuilt in Ukkel. Pictures above show one of the pavilions which got used in the sixties as a party hall and cinema. Today the local fitness club P58 has its accomodation there. Note the central roof support !

Neighbouring constructions of P58 were also part of the same section. Today, there is still housing a film school but in accordance of reliable sources buildings will be replaced soon.

At the back of the building with the blue façade (main pavilion in 58)There are long covered storage depots . Once they forming the booths of the attraction park.

Timber Company De Coene - Kortrijk

Rowing Club KRSNO - Oostende

Between Oostende and Bredene, nearby the spout basin and the canal you can find this complete wooden club house. It is the former front building of the Finnish Pavilion. It got equipped with a newer wing (left) for housing the boats. Tthe right section is original and mainly used as club/cafetaria.

MMI Parnas - Groot Bijgaarden

Mutsaard Quarter - Hoboken

Cottage - Dworp

School buildings - Louvain / Beringen / Zoutleeuw / Liège

Not directly to conclude but this is the former pavilion of Victoria chocolats. There are pages on the Internet to prove this. Recently the schoolbuilding became a renovation with new windows and a outbuilding.

Same one as the little blue pavilion of the Heysel.

This former adminstration building in now used as a nice cottage

It has been known for certain, these buildings come from the Expo. Nobody can tell exactly their roots.  Remarkable are the characteristic similarities such as the roof, the windows and the side wings. According to me these aren’t  former Expo pavillions but  buildings they once were part of a motel complex which was demolished after the world fair.

Nowaday’s; all these constructions are used as classrooms. The originallity of the Louvain building shows lodging capacities which confirms my conjecture. There are dozens of  rooms on the first en second floors, all equipped with wash basins.

With real Expo 58 architecture these buildings, together with several blocks of flats, are put up at the former sports fields of Bell in Hoboken Antwerp.

The left building is an alteration of the original pavilion of Bell Telephone. Other picture shows the circular glasswalls of the public library.

Manufacturer of wood contstructions De Coene supplied many pavilions with their famous wooden rafters and bridges in 1958. This building was the pavilion of Urbanisation and Town Planning. After the world fair it got rebuild at the De Coene site as show room and cantine for their staff.  It still acts as visiting card for the company.

Centrum Culturel - Namen

Since 1960 the former pavilion of The Food Industries is as cultural centre in use by the city of Namen. First picture shows the original frontage during the sixties which is hidden now behind a new futuristic part. There are several original parts inside such as this bowed staircase

The Expo architecture is best visible by the side walls and the the large glass wall at the back. The panels of the corner column still have the typical blue colour which characterised the Belgian section in 1958.