Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek Town Hall
Built between 1884 and 1887 by architect Jules-Jacques Van Ysendyck and officially inaugurated on 21 July 1887 by King Leopold II, Schaerbeek Town Hall was partially destroyed in April 1911, following an arson attack. From 1912 onwards, it was faithfully reconstructed and expanded by the original architect’s son, Maurice Van Ysendyck, with King Albert I officially reopening it on 1 June 1919. While the new town hall retained its predecessor’s façade, it was almost double the size, as its sides were lengthened from 43 to 71 metres. The central tower is reminiscent of the belfries seen in northern Belgium’s historic cities, while the multicoloured materials were selected with special care to reflect the architectural style of Belgium’s golden age. Euville white stone lends structure to the composition and sets off both the windows and walls with their glazed red and black brick facing. The decor inside the building is no less spectacular. The Italianate Salle des Guichets/Lokettenzaal (counter hall), with its floor laid with many-hued marble slabs, and the offices of the aldermen and alderwomen with their impressive mantelpieces are particularly attractive. The town hall remains a gathering place for the citizens of Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, who pass by to deal with administrative formalities or for celebratory events. (Listed 13/04/1995)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (in Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 18:00
Place Colignon/Colignonplein, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours and by reservation only