Old lifts: an ordinary, cultural and technical heritage

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15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Old lifts: an ordinary, cultural and technical heritage

Brussels has a considerable number of apartment buildings that were constructed during the first half of the 20th century. Neoclassical, Beaux-Arts or Art Deco in style, some opulent in appearance, others more modest, all these buildings share one common feature: they are all equipped with lifts. Extensions of the hallways of the buildings in which they are installed, old lifts are an important, but often overlooked, part of the everyday heritage of Brussels’s residents. However, this heritage is now on borrowed time. In 2003, Belgium adopted a royal decree imposing a form of modernisation on property owners that runs the risk of profoundly altering the characteristics of these lifts. On the occasion of the Heritage Days, the SAVE OUR ELEVATORS association is offering a short, guided walk and tour of historical lifts located in the neighbourhood of the Avenue Deschanel/Paul Deschanellaan in Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek. On this walk, you will learn how it is indeed possible to implement a modernisation programme in keeping with the aesthetics and technology of the old lifts.

A partnership between the SAVE OUR ELEVATORS association and the apartment buildings visited.

Practical information

    • the Résidence “Steurs”
    • Avenue Deschanel/Paul Deschanellaan 254
    • 1030 Brussels
    • Sat. at 15h30 and Sun. at 12h30 and 15h30
      Please note that bookings are preferred. E-mail heritage.elevators.2018@gmail.com with your first and last name, the number of participants and your preferred tour date and time. Up to 25 people per tour.
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      Coteaux/ Wijnheuvelen
    • B
      Houwaert
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      Steurs
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      Coteaux/ Wijnheuvelen