The Avenue Louis Bertrand… a true open-air museum!


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

The Avenue Louis Bertrand… a true open-air museum!

In the late 19th century, the municipality of Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek experienced considerable growth. The landscape was redesigned by the municipal authorities and rural Schaerbeek became urban Schaerbeek, acquiring a prestigious residential avenue in the process. All of the homes on this avenue are testaments to the good taste of the period and the expertise of the renowned architects and craftsmen who built them. You simply have to look upwards in order to appreciate the many decorative techniques that make each façade different, harmoniously complementing the architecture as a whole. Gustave Strauven designed several of the buildings on the avenue. They represent some of the most creative examples of his architectural oeuvre. Number 43, a town house built in 1906 for Mr Verhaeghe, is noteworthy for the diversity of artisan techniques used in its construction. It is adorned with a sgraffito decoration. At the top of the building stands an unusual, small bell tower, which frames a beautiful view towards Josaphat Park. As part of the “Heritage is us” call for projects, owners, historians, artisans and heritage enthusiasts have come together to offer activities centred on the avenue and its sgraffiti decorations:
- an exhibition of photos on the Avenue Louis Bertrand/Louis Bertrandlaan, past and present; 
- information on the sgraffiti adornments and a spotlight on two restorations;
- a demonstration of the sgraffito technique by a craftswoman;
- presentation of the visual montage “The Golden Age of Sgraffiti in Schaerbeek” with commentary;
- tours around the avenue.

A partnership between Groupe d’Études et de Recherches Peintures Murales – Sgraffites Culturels (G.E.R.P.M-S.C), Claire Eykerman, Yves Jacqmin and Camille Meslay.

Practical information

    • The Maison Verhaeghe
    • Avenue Louis Bertrand/Louis Bertrandlaan 43
    • 1030 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 18h00 - Presentation of visual montage, Sat. & Sun. at 11h30 and 16h00 - Discovery walk in the avenue, Sat. & Sun. at 10h00 and 14h30 (duration: 1.5 hours)
      In French only.
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      Église Saint-Servais/Sint-Servaaskerk
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      Crossing/Louis Bertrand