Maison de Saint Cyr/ Huis Saint-Cyr (fully booked)

A. de Ville de Goyet ©

While Victor Horta is widely known, few people have heard of Gustave Strauven, an architect who was also an enthusiastic proponent of Art Nouveau theories in his day. In around 1900, Strauven received a commission to design a house for artist Georges Léonard de Saint-Cyr on a particularly narrow plot of land. The long, slender building he devised has a handsome set of steps leading up to its entrance. The house has three other floors above the entrance level, each of which features large windows with curving uprights. A twisting wrought-iron plume crowns the circular loggia on the top floor, which, like the balconies on the other floors of the house, is edged with ornate railings. These were designed by Charles Van Waeyenberghe, as was the gate separating this residence from the pavement. Some observers have labelled Strauven’s masterpiece ‘flamboyant’ or ‘baroque Art Nouveau’, while others have compared its breathtaking ironwork to creeping ivy twining around the building’s structure. Restoration work has been undertaken on the house, allowing its original colours to shine brightly once more. Its Silesian brick facing is punctuated with strips of red, while the wrought-iron elements have been painted in celadon green and the woodwork in chestnut brown. The spaces inside the house are attractively lit by stained-glass windows and a glass canopy adorned with floral motifs. The first floor houses a Chinese-inspired drawing room with red-painted panels: a classic example of the taste for the exotic that typified the Art Nouveau era. (Listed since 8 August 1988)

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 9:30 to 18:00

Square Ambiorix/Ambiorixsquare 11, Brussels-Extensions

Access only via activity “Luth alors”

1 5 Schuman/Maelbeek - Schuman/Maalbeek
28 61 Chasseurs Ardennais - Ardense jagers
64 Luther
60 63 64 Ambiorix
21 63 79 Gueux - Geuzen
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