Making the walls and buildings talk

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15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Making the walls and buildings talk

It is a real godsend to discover an Art Deco house that has withstood the ravages of time. Since its construction in 1900, the building has seen a succession of occupants and the “layers” have steadily accumulated on its walls and floors. These layers enable us to retrace a century of stories, a century of urban development, a century of lifestyles. How? By making the walls and building “talk”, by chiselling them, by listening to and understanding them. This archaeological, architectural and historical detective work has enabled entire cycles in the history of the house’s painted decor to be revealed. It has also helped with understanding the architect’s (Fritz Seeldrayers) manifesto because, as with his teacher Paul Hankar, this first work was an attempt to define his style and conception of architecture.
The objective is to share this passion, learn how to see the things that surround us in a different way and explain what is involved in a restoration project. Through a guided tour, the public will be able to meet artisan restorers, an architect, a historian and a literary and cultural history researcher. The parties involved will explain the steps and choices made and will endeavour to show that restoring heritage is everyone’s responsibility. They will try to bring the premises back to life and explain that personal stories are very often part and parcel of the larger historical narrative.
This is the first time that this little-known Art Nouveau house has been opened to the public.

A partnership between Grégory Van Aelbrouck, Katia Vandenborre and Adrien Garcia.

Practical information

    • Fritz Seeldrayers’s private home
    • Rue Moris/Morisstraat 52
    • 1060 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 16h30 (guided tours in groups of 15 people available all day (French/Dutch), in cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire and Klare Lijn)
    • T
      Janson
    • B
      Ma Campagne