The Cogels-Osy Lei

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Antwerp, Belgium

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Fantastic! - but terrific or absurd - perhaps both! Nov 26, 2010
Why 4? I found it hard to grade this road (and nearby roads in th Zurenborg area of Antwerp. You could argue for five for the spectacular architecture of the house exteriors, one for the absurd conspicuous consumption or perhaps three because it's half way between one and five! I started at 3 but put it up to 4 as it's such fun.

The area was initially intended for industry but at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries housing gave more profit as Antwerp was expanding and those making money wanted something outside the main city to display their wealth .Thus e find a fantasy world with houses of practically every possible neo style plus art nouveau, the style of the time.

The absurd part comes in the fact that, according to the website and other things I have read, the interiors were 'plain or even old-fashioned!' Talk about conspicuous consumption!

However I am heartily glad that the houses were not demolished in the middle of the 20th century, when they were regarded by many as a laughing stock. We certainly can laugh - as I certainly did - but this is as good a demonstration as you can ever see of the mentality of a particular class at a particular time.
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