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- This photochrome print of the Royal Galleries St. Hubert in Brussels is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Belgium” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Located at the city center, this shopping arcade was designed by the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar (1811–80) and opened in 1847 under the reign of King Leopold I to celebrate Belgium's independence in 1830. The arcade consists of two main sections, the King's Gallery and the Queen's Gallery, which are separated by a colonnade. With its domed-glass and cast-iron roof, the building reflects a blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and newer, 19th-century construction technology. Baedeker’s Belgium and Holland including the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (1905) characterized the gallery as “a spacious and attractive arcade with tempting shops (234 yds. in length, 26 ft. in width, and 59 ft. in height).” Shopping centers such as this became increasingly popular with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and this arcade represents an early example of the shopping mall in Europe.
Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan
Type of Item
- 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color
- The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.