Kinshasa was a village on the south bank of the Congo when Stanley passed through in 1877. He returned in 1881 and established Leopoldville on the banks of contemporary Kintambo and Ngaliema. A post was opened upriver at Kinshasa in 1883. In 1923 Leopoldville was named the capital, comprising both Kinshasa and Leopoldville, established at Kalina (now Gombe), while "old" Leopoldville remained the capital of the Province. The Leopoldville-Kinshasa agglomeration was renamed Kinshasa in 1966.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Leopoldville 1930s – Postcards from the Art Deco (III)
This post continues the earlier Art Deco tour of Kinshasa. Click on the links below for the previous posts:
Avenue du Commerce district. Some private investors in the area embraced the
style, including commercial properties on Avenue Ebeya (Ave. Cambier), Avenue
Tombalbaye (originally Ave. de la Cité, later Tombeur de Tabora, and recently
renamed Tabu Ley) and Avenue du Commerce, (originally Ave. des Travailleurs
then Ave. DeGaulle).
Two small hotels, the Residence and the Astoria were built on Ave. du Commerce (Ave. De Gaulle) in
the 1940s (Mar. 30, 2011). The
Residence is now a branch office of SNEL, the national electricity company and
the Astoria is the home of the Institut National des Arts.Down Ave. Kwango from the Astoria is a small
property which appears to have been originally a residence in streamline modern
The Hotel Residence
The Hotel Astoria, now the Institut National des Arts