Maison des Arts/ Kunsthuis (fully booked)
The street-facing building in Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg conceals a residence built in 1826 for wealthy linen merchant Charles-Louis Eenens. While the building’s exterior reflects the neoclassical style popular when it was built, the interior boasts a suite of reception rooms whose decorative features borrow from the Louis XV, Louis XVI and Flemish neo-Renaissance styles, illustrating the contrasting fashions that were in vogue at the time. These rooms were painstakingly restored in 2018. Thanks to stratigraphic analyses, which have made it possible to determine the initial colours of the rooms, their original colour schemes and their 19th-century wallpaper have now been returned to their former glory. The once-green library is now black again. The reception rooms, which so clearly illustrate the varying interpretations of the eclectic style, bear witness to the effectiveness of the restoration project. The dining room boasts an impressive mantelpiece decorated with manganese tiles that, although they look like they are made of Delft earthenware, were actually produced in Ghent. The property has been managed by the municipal council since 1950 and is now the site of the Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis, a venue for exhibitions, concerts, lectures and other cultural events. (Listed since 28 May 2015)
Guided tours, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg 147, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Advance booking required