This post continues the earlier Art Deco tour of Kinshasa. Click on the link below for the previous post.
Leopoldville 1930s - Post Cards from the Art Deco (IV)
25). Cie Industrielle Africaine Building. Heading north up Ave. Kasavubu, turn left onto Blvd. 30 Juin. On the right is an early structure built before the railroad tracks were transferred south, opening up the right of way for the construction of the Boulevard (Jan. 23,2011). An early photograph of the rail line shows the Compagnie Industrielle Africaine building, a company founded in 1928 in Elisabethville (Lubumbashi), but with representation in Leopoldville. The location looks correct, but the façades of the respective buildings don’t quite match. Perhaps a future find will illuminate. In any event, in the mid-2000s, the building housed the offices of the accounting firm, KPMG. Today, the façade is shrouded in one of the billboard sheets that cover many of the tall buildings in town – unloved and unknown.
|View looking down the railway line - the Cie Industrielle Africaine building is at left.|
|The building housing the KPMG offices in 2006|
|The building today - "To tonga Congo" means "Let's build Congo" in Lingala.|
|The Force Publique Depot looking down Ave Prince de Liege toward the Boulevard.|
|The interior court of the Collège des Hautes études de stratégie et de défense (CHESD).|
|A villa on Blvd. 30 Juin near Cimetiere de la Gombe|
|The Cotex compound during the reconstruction of Ave. Mondjiba in 2011.|