Already architect to the Solvay family and to Edmond van Eetvelde, Secretary of the Congo Free State, Victor Horta began to think about building a home for himself. In 1898, he purchased two sites on Rue Américaine/Amerikaanse straat, building his home on one and his studio on the other. The artist made continuous changes to both buildings before moving to Avenue Louise/Louizalaan in 1919. After various owners, the house was acquired by the municipality of Saint-Gilles in 1961 at the instigation of Jean Delhaye, with the studio following in 1971. Successive restoration campaigns have since restored the original look of the complex. Thankfully, the murals, wrought iron, glazed brick facing and mosaics had been well preserved. Inside, the staircase plays an important role in linking the spaces. Its elegantly curved banister reflects Horta’s professed love for soft lines. When turning the wood and cutting the stained glass, he was heavily inspired by plants and by a nature that is omnipresent in his work, as evidenced again by the blossoming corollas in the frescos on the top landing. (Listed 16/10/1963)
During the tours, an origami workshop on the theme of plants will be organised in the garden of the extension. This workshop is aimed at children between 5 and 13 years of age accompanying the group. Please note that bookings are essential. Call 02/543.04.90 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Up to 12 children per group.