This building that locals are calling “Het Hoompje” was build in 1909 by Baron Cox. In that time it had the name “La Pommeraie” because the house is surrounded with apple trees. Twelve years later in 1912 the house got sold to the sisters of Rouen. These sisters(nun) were banned from France and found in La pommerie their new home. After that “De Domicanessen” from Brugge,Belgium took over the building and started taking care of handicapped kids. Because there were more and more kids in the home the nun started a school for the kids too. In 1944 when world war 2 is in full bloom the kids and the nun escape and went too Brugge,Be to a safer haven. After the war the building got many more functions from town hall to again a sister care home for handicap. In 1987 the nun abandoned ‘t hoompje and from that moment the building has been decaying slowly. Photographers,graffiti artists,local kids,ghost hunter have all visited the building over the years. The house is now protected and was sold from the city to a project builder on the condition that he renovate the complex. The project owner did not renovate the complex and let it decay even further . Now he’s getting a fine of 150.000 euro for not renovating the building.
I visited this in 2008 in my early days of photography so not so good quality.