Once the home of Baron Oscar de Mesnil, the mansion known as Hôtel Puccini initially comprised four bays, but was later extended by annexing the adjoining building. Clearly inspired by the architecture of Italian Renaissance palazzi, its façade was topped with a balustrade and five tabernacle windows taken from the Villa de Cazeaux, a building by Tilman-François Suys in Rue Royale/Koningsstraat, which has now been demolished. As soon as you pass through the front door, you realise that the full splendour of the interior has been preserved, with a series of attractive reception rooms whose original decor reflects a succession of 19th-century design trends: neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance, neo-Louis XV and neo-Louis XVI. Stand-out features include a white marble fireplace bearing an uncanny resemblance to a reliquary and another adorned with a reproduction of Michelangelo’s tomb of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Stucco, coffered ceilings and original chandeliers complete the atmosphere of a city mansion. Today, the building houses the head office of Familiehulp, an organisation that offers help and support to people of all ages, across Brussels and Flanders. Employing almost 13,000 staff, it has so far provided advice and assistance to around 79,000 individuals, whether it be for the birth of a first child, care for older people or other support services.
Guided tours: Sat. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.
Sat. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 294, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Node
Guided tours and by reservation only
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