The Belgian Pavilion of the 1939 New York World's Fair, with its 165 foot tower, was rebuilt on the campus of Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, in 1941. The university was awarded the building by Belgium, because of the university's mission. Because the gift was an act of brotherhood, the building was renamed The Belgian Friendship Building. Before the building left NY, the Belgians awarded its 35 bell carillon to Former President Herbert Hoover, for his Alma Mater, Stanford University, Palo Alto California. The Belgian Friendship Building is an national treasure and Virginia Landmark because it is the product of renowned Belgian architect, Henry Van de Velde. Van de Velde is credited for his work as co-founder of art deco/art nouveau. The building has 2 exterior bas reliefs depicting people of Belgium and The Congo.
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