Old postcards of the Church ‘OLV Tenhemelopneming’ and the old post office also regularly mention the home of the first mayor, Vander Elst. You can also find a sign on the building itself that states this.
Let’s go back to 1844 when BOURG’s allotment plan is already 2 years old.
On this plan we see the church 1 (consecrated in 1843, since 1924 the chapel of the Carmelite sisters), the graveyard 2 (built-in 1835) to the right of the church, the school 3 to the left of the church, the presbytery 4 (1844) opposite the graveyard, next to which the First Post Office 5 (1844). Across the street from this post office, we see the real house of Vander Elst 6: a single-story house, above which attic rooms under a gable roof (was renovated several times after 1890 ..).
So even though it has been adjusted, in my view it is indeed the home of our first mayor.
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