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ⓘ Belgian Building. The Belgian Friendship Building or Belgian Pavilion is the former exhibition building for Belgium from the 19391940 Worlds Fair in New York Ci ..




Belgian Building
                                     

ⓘ Belgian Building

The Belgian Friendship Building or Belgian Pavilion is the former exhibition building for Belgium from the 1939/1940 Worlds Fair in New York City. It now serves as Barco-Stevens Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia.

It was designed by Belgian architects Victor Bourgeois and Leon Stynen under Henry van de Velde, and is notable as an early example of Modernist architecture in the United States. Due to the outbreak of World War II, the Pavilion could not be returned to Belgium. The Belgian government sponsored a competition to determine the buildings new home. VUU won, and the Pavilion moved to Richmond in 1941 as VUUs Belgian Friendship Building. Through 1997, the universitys library was also located in the Belgian Friendship Building. The building was damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. It is now VUUs gymnasium.