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sweet home chicago

sweet home chicago
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Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2547 W: 34 N: 4748] (26254)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-02-25
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pictures of Home - part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-03-14 8:26
Viewed: 1511
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
another building, another story...


The BOERENTOREN (Farmers' Tower) in Antwerp is Europe's oldest "Chicago-style" skyscraper. It was built in the late twenties in Art Deco style and was commissioned by a bank.

Within the city, this tower symbolizes financial wealth. It is Antwerp's second tower of power, after the Cathedral, of course, of course.

At first the Catholics powers were very much opposed to the tower. Permission to build was not given until they promised to certainly NOT make it higher than the Cathedral of Our Lady AND to include a bas relief Mother Mary, which is located on the right side of the tower up around the sixth floor or so.

These days Chicago still is a synonym for highrise here, but the name has lost much of its positive connotation. Little Chicago is a collection of social apartment blocks on the left bank, and they certainly don't have a good reputation.

see WS for a closer view, in which you can see the Mother Mary bas relief


song title reference: Robert Johnson

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Hello Benny,
Excellent view on this fine looking Chicago style skyscraper along this street of low rise buildings. The perfect blue sky is the ideal backdrop. Optimal technical realisation.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10345 W: 161 N: 17224] (130957)
  • [2018-03-14 11:02]

Witaj Benny!
Curious fragment of city.
A very nice view, interesting building.
Good frame, colors and light.
Well done.
Good evening.

Ciao Benny, great view of fantastic building, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 964 W: 0 N: 1735] (14153)
  • [2018-03-14 13:05]

benny good evening.i like how you thought to do this shot,nice and balanced,with this and building on the other side! tfs dale

Hi Benny
first off, thanks for your reply to all my questions from your previous post. I appreciate that alot. sad to learn most of those buildings are in a way - fake. Sad to hear most of the upstairs floors are not in use. You'd think families would be lining up to live in places like that in the heart of the city.

as for this one, I love Chicago! so if i see buildings like this its going to catch my eye. Nice to see these Art Deco beauties in Belgium. Any more you could show?

excellent viewpoint here, with the light striking it so well. fine WS photo as well, we can see more detail there. cheers

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10756 W: 146 N: 27092] (129723)
  • [2018-03-15 0:22]

Hello Ben,

Interesting view from Antwerp with this building in Chicago style. Excellent presentation.

Kind regrads MAlgo

Salut Benny,
Un bon rendu, teintes et contrastes pour cette présentation, une forte impression de hauteur avec ces immeubles tout autour de la place.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12305 W: 126 N: 22208] (113081)
  • [2018-03-15 2:39]

Hi Benny,in effect this palace reminds a lot the american style,it seems a miniature of he Empire State Building. Curious and interesting post with a useful close up in the WS too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14502 W: 0 N: 16396] (176165)
  • [2018-03-15 3:38]


Merveilleuse image et compo quel édifice moderne en fond avec le captage en léger recul avec ces arbres cette touche de rouge avec les drapeaux quelle vue splendide captage.
Bravo et amitié

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25067 W: 520 N: 42328] (181316)
  • [2018-03-15 5:46]

Dag Benny,

Dit is het symbool van Antwerpen men kan er gewoon niet naast kijken vanop de Meir.
Opnieuw een mooie foto van een schitterende stad
Ik kwam er graag iets eten en drinken was steeds aanwezig
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.

Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,

Hi Benny
Thanks to your short story, showing a typical
urbanscape with the 'Chicago skyscraper' dominates and still survives and strong enough to hang on the eye. Love the colourful detail around, perspective, bright and clear capped by a striking blue sky. Excellent capture, Congrats
Best regards

Hallo Benny,
Ik meen al gehoord te hebben dat men vroeger naar Chicago verwees wanneer men het had over heel hoge gebouwen. Maar ik weet niet of dat streekgebonden is.
Ik zou eerder aan Manhattan, NYC, denken.
Deze Boerentoren was één van de plaatsen die ik in Antwerpen bezocht op mijn allereerste schoolreis in het basis onderwijs (het vroegere lager onderwijs). En we waren allen heel erg onder de indruk :)
Jij, die van 't stad bent, ben je al ooit boven in de toren van de kathedraal geweest ?
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10483 W: 174 N: 18790] (83535)
  • [2018-11-03 13:56]


of course it isn't an imposing building like those we can see in dubai or china, but you got a marvelous view of it against the blue sky and the building has its own moment of glory. perfect view. TFS.

take care


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