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Thanks to waynbretl's recent post of the Belgian Village brochure, it may be possible to map some buildings. The challenge is to associate a store with the letter number code.

Looking through my small slide collection I found 16 slides, interestingly with these signage varients of the Belgian Waffle:

Bel-Gem Waffles

Brussels Waffles

Belgische Wafels....(with one f)

From l-r LIE buildings along wall:

"R" block R106 with R105 & R104 behind wall?

Carousel

N77 & N78

"L" block L72-76 (in front of Pigeon Tower)

"J" block J63-58?

4 arched entrance at LIE level would seem to be the Rathskeller, but does not agree with the map.

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High Street Steps:

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High Street shops before opening 7/64:

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Church place 9/65:

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Waffle variations:

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and 9 night shots from the last day of the fair

Clog store, unknown location:

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Plaza with "Bel-Gem" waffles and sign that looks like "WEI\\SAS\SE"?

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Fudge store:

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Charda? Restaurant:

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Chimes Tower:

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Au Rugbyman Bar Restaurant (serving lobster)

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City Hall:

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City Hall again:

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Musicians in front of City Hall:

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Musicians on Rubens Street (buildings C17, C18 and donkey's pass):

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High Street 8/65:

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Main entrance and Administration offices ( almost a Fair within a Fair) has a name like Atende? gate on map)

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Still the most shocking part of the fair built to be temporary. What a shame it could not have lasted.

124 buildings, albeit small ones, not bad even if it was delayed, apparently open by August '64 (I always thought it didn't open till the '65 season until I found 4 of my slides from 2 different rolls dated August and October'64 with people on High St.)

In Hunting Beach, CA there is a "village" called "Old World" started in 1965 on 8 acres: http://www.ocregister.com/news/village-127869-old-world.html

that's still there and looks to have the same construction.

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Splicing 2 pics together identifies F block (except hidden F41), the three terrace buildings (low buildings in front), Nuts Museum and 3 P block buildings:

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I was only 5 the last time I was there, so maybe someone older would remember...what were the buildings made from that they couldn't have just stayed up after the fair? To my young eyes, they looked pretty solid!

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Thanks to Bill's "Different tools for different jobs" 12/10 topic I can identify these buildings:

D30 Bel-Gem Waffles

D31A (The A-B label maybe part of Wurtzburger?)

D31B Wurtzburger Hofbrau

D33 Charda (so says the sign - part of restaurant next to it?)

D34 Charda Hungarian Restaurant

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BTW you can see the upper stories were used for storage/boxes at least for these buildings

5 down 119 to go

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Do you have a large scale copy of that map? I can try to start filling some of them in for you.

From waynebretl's post on 5/15/2010 on page 3 of pdf

Picturesque Belgium brochure

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I can see where mapping the village will be a challenge. In some cases it looks like the map wasn't what was actually built. In other cases I have wonderful shots of a shop and sign but no clue to where the thing actually was. In many shots there simply are no visible signs.

Well, here's some to start. I think they're reasonable accurate but I'm more than open to corrections:

A1 - Art Festival

A3 - Devil's Head Cafe

E36 - Cafe Belgique (outside City Hall)

E37 - Clocks

H5A - Bistro - Au Singe Qui Fume

N79 - Flemish Art Museum

N80 - Flea Market

P88 - The Signature

R104 - Flea Market

R105 - 5 Flies or 15 Flies

R106-107 - Belgian Snapper Beer Garden

Facing outside the village under the terrace:

Belgian Terrace Cafe

Belgische Wafels

Creme A La Clace

(a candy store)

Chinese Smorgasbord

Charcuterie

Bistro

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I was only 5 the last time I was there, so maybe someone older would remember...what were the buildings made from that they couldn't have just stayed up after the fair? To my young eyes, they looked pretty solid!

Wood, stucco, and belgian block. Also some of the roofs appear to have slate shingles.

They never would have survived the 1970's when the park had no security. If you think the vandals had a field day

with the Federal Pavilion, imagine what they would have done to this?

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Construction shot shown here again as a reference:

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E35B Au Rugbyman Bar Restaurant 1105348041_UmrX9-Th.jpg

17 out of 124 - not even 15% (note: a photo must accompany each 'claim')

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With E35B I can add some more, but unfortunately I just don't have time to edit and post photos as I spot them. Someday, perhaps, but I am way backlogged with projects. Sorry!

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I agree with Bill- I still think we can get 95%, but it's gonna have to wait 'til after New Years.

I'm flying out tomorrow; gotta pack tonight.

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