The Israel Jackont building in Antwerp
The corner of the Oostenstraat and the Steenbokstraat in Antwerp is dominated by a highly eclectic apartment building. It was built between 1922 and 1925 by architect Frans Van Rompaey on behalf of Israel Jackont.
Jackont was a highly respected diamond merchant in the nearby Antwerp diamond district. His apartment building is one of the grandest and most elaborate buildings in the Zurenborg quarter of the city. Still today, getting to live in the appartment is hard to come by and can be very expensive. It is also one of the most photographed private building of the city of Antwerp. The Jackont building looks a bit like the Flatiron Building in New York that was build 20 years earlier. Both are built on a sharp corner, the Flatiron Building however is much taller. The Jackont apartment has 6 floors, the Flatiron Building 22.
You can find the Israel Jackont building at this address: Oostenstraat 50, Antwerp.