Past and future of the Hap property


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

The recent discovery of an important collection of archives has enabled a better understanding of the changes that have affected the property acquired in 1804 by the Hap family. A brewery was originally located on the site, benefiting from the nearby springs and Broebelaer river. The notary Félix Hap is the most renowned representative of this Etterbeek dynasty. In the early 20th century, he put his own mark on the property, still visible today, with not only the family home, flanked by a notary’s office, but also the landscape park with its pond, pavilion, remarkable trees and orangery.
The exhibition, which will be held in the orangery, will recount the history of the property through reproductions from the archives (photos, letters, invoices from local craftsmen, school copybooks, etc.), and present the municipality’s ambitious project to restore and repurpose the site as a community facility for local residents, as part of the Chasse-Gray Sustainable Neighbourhood Contract (community cultural space, multifunction venue, small-scale restaurant and cafe, urban vegetable allotments). The exhibition will be complemented by guided tours covering the “history and future of the park”.

In cooperation with the Municipality of Etterbeek, historians Jean-Marie Bailly and Marie-Pierre Dusausoy and the architectural firm SKOPE.

Practical information

    • orangery in Jean-Félix Hap Garden
    • chaussée de Wavre 510
    • 1040 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00
      Community discussion workshops will be organised on 26 and 30 August before the exhibition. Interested persons and those with a story or souvenir to recount are welcome. Please note that registration is free but essential. E-mail
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