Espérance bar and hotel
Just a short walk from the bustling shops of Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat is the Espérance bar, with its eye-catching Art Deco façade. It is said to have been designed by Léon Govaerts, the architect behind the Vanderborght department store on Rue Fossé-aux-Loups/Wolvengracht and the Uccle/Ukkel home of banker David Van Buuren. The bar’s façade, with its rather severe lines and veined marble facing, dates from 1930. Its slightly off-centre entrance is marked by a metal canopy. This supports a vertical illuminated sign, which breaks the continuity of the transoms whose geometric stained glass adds a dash of colour to the composition. On the inside, Espérance still looks like a typical 1930s bar: it still has its original period decor, from the doorway, panelling and wrought iron to the herringbone parquet, marble cladding and painted stained glass. (Listed since 6 March 2008)
Guided tours. In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.