Info point

Halles Saint-Géry: the information point of the Heritage Days!

During the Heritage Days weekend, an information point will be open from 10h00 to 19h00, in the centre of Brussels, in Halles Saint-Géry. You will be able to obtain a brochure containing the complete programme and information on accessible sites. Publications by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Regional Public Service Brussels Urbanism and Heritage will be on sale at the information point, with certain titles at special “Heritage Days” prices – and even meet Manuel Murillo, the artist who illustrated the materials for the 2020 Heritage Days (Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 16:00).

Adress : Halles Saint-Géry, Place Saint-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein 1, Brussels
M 1-5 (De Brouckère)
T 3-4 (Bourse/Beurs)
B 29-47-66-71-88 (De Brouckère), 33-48-95 (Grand-Place/Grote Markt), 86 (Bourse/Beurs)

L. Kruczynski

International Monuments photographic experience

Increasing young people’s awareness of the importance of preserving the heritage of their city is a crucial task. The better they know their heritage, the easier it will be for them to take ownership of it and find their own place at the heart of our multicultural metropolis.

This is the reason why the Brussels-Capital Region has been participating in the International Monuments Photographic Experience since 1998. This project was initiated by Catalonia in 1992 as part of the European Heritage Days.

The competition is aimed at all Brussels-based schools, irrespective of the subjects studied. This year it has once again attracted a great deal of interest among teaching staff at all levels. More than 800 students have taken part in it! This has given them the opportunity to approach their city’s heritage differently, through their camera lens, thus enabling them to discover elements they might otherwise not have noticed.

Discover the 25 photographs selected by the Brussels-Capital Region this year under the covering of Les Halles Saint-Géry.

Free exhibition running from 1 september to 29 november 2020 in the Halles Saint-Géry/Sint Gorikshallen, Place Saint-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein, Brussels.

Organisation: urban.brussels.

© ARCHistory

Louis & me

The son of a carpentry contractor, Brussels-born Louis Tenaerts (1898-1994) was not only a prolific architect and builder – he was also a formidable businessman with a fondness for working in the outlying municipalities of Brussels. After cutting his teeth on assignments in Laeken/Laken and Jette in the early 1920s, Tenaerts undertook multiple projects in new neighbourhoods in Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, Ixelles/Elsene, Auderghem/Oudergem, Uccle/Ukkel, Forest/Vorst, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe and Watermael-Boitsfort/Watermaal-Bosvoorde, working at a frenzied pace to build several hundred single-family dwellings and small rental-apartment buildings right up until 1939, and always signing his creations with his own name or that of the company he worked for, Comptoir Immobilier Belge (CIB).

While Tenaerts was an expert in building smaller, affordable, mass-produced homes for ordinary people, he also created a number of more opulent houses, which he designed based on the latest architectural trends and fitted out with all mod cons.

He was an extremely versatile architect, adapting his style to suit changing tastes and incorporating fashionable new materials and modern features into his buildings. Drawing on the highly varied range of forms associated with the Art Deco style, he crafted attractive, yet efficient buildings, leaving his mark on many Brussels neighbourhoods. His Streamline Moderne creations are among the most striking buildings in Brussels, yet Tenaerts himself remains a little-known figure. Not for much longer!

Free exhibition running from 18 September to 22 November 2020, open from 10:00 every day – venue: on the mezzanine of the Halles Saint-Géry/Sint Gorikshallen, Place Saint-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein, Brussels.

Guided tours by the curator of the exhibition, September 19 and 20, from 10:00 to 18:00.

“Specials” by Madame Rosa, September 19 and 20, at 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French only).

Organised by: ARCHistory, with the support of urban.brussels, in cooperation with the Brussels Art Deco Society and CIVA.