Maison/ Huis Frison (fully booked)
Before he commissioned his friend, the architect Victor Horta, to design his country house in Uccle/Ukkel, lawyer Maurice Frison asked him to draw up the plans for his city residence in Rue Lebeau/Lebeaustraat. The construction work on the elegant building that resulted from these was completed in 1894. Although the façade has had a shop window added to it and therefore no longer looks as it originally did, it still bears some hallmarks of the Art Nouveau style, such as the prominent, curving frame around its front door, and the large window – resembling a bow window – on the top floor, with its cast-iron balusters. The Maison/Huis Frison was recently purchased and painstakingly restored, returning it to its former glory. Inside, the paint was stripped from the walls and ceilings to expose the house’s original, colourful decor, which, true to Horta’s style, is structured around flowing lines. The elegant ornamentation seen here echoes the magnificent mosaics in the entrance hall in particular. The overall effect is completed by decorative wrought iron and the period fireplaces as well as by the splendid glazed passageway, which, with its yellow and pale-green glass, is a true masterpiece of the Art Nouveau style in Brussels. The building is now the premises of the Foundation Frison Horta, an organisation seeking to promote understanding of Asian crafts and traditions, especially those of India. (Listed since 24 April 1994)
Exhibition photographs “India During the Raj”.
Sat. only, 12:00 to 16:00
Rue Lebeau/Lebeaustraat 37, Brussels
Advance booking required