Mansion of the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium
The Governor’s Hotel is the only surviving portion of a vast complex designed for the National Bank of Belgium by architects Hendrik Beyaert and Wynand Janssens and constructed between 1860 and 1878. The bank’s Governor lived here until 1957. The prestige of the institution is mirrored in the façade’s sumptuous facing, where Euville, Gobertange, Savonnière and Audun stone come together. They create a delightful decorative scheme in an eclectic style combining a Louis XVI theme with Renaissance elements (both Italian and French). The majestic bays of the piano nobile are embellished with ornate sculpted details. The decor inside the residence includes an impressive suite of salons, wich serve for relaxation and entertaining and have elegant white-and-gold decor. The Festive Hall is ornamented further by Joseph Stallaert’s paintings of mythological scenes, the Red Salon by cherry-red silk wall coverings, and the Aubusson Salon by richly upholstered furniture. The building’s rare marbles, precious wood and gilded stucco made it a magnificent setting for the National Bank’s receptions.
Guided tours focusing on French ornamentalist Georges Houtstont, whose work shaped the cityscape of 19th-century Brussels and whose Belgian career was enhanced by this project. Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue du Bois Sauvage/Wildewoudstraat 10, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only
Accessible with assistance