Architect Paul Hamesse worked for more than 40 years with his brothers, Georges and Léon, in their office in Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis. A student of Hankar and Chambon, passionate about art and a regular on the Brussels artistic scene, Paul had a clear taste for decoration and developed a very personal signature style that he applied to even the smallest of details, from façades to door handles.
The architectural firm of Hamesse frères was like a prolific hive of tireless activity, forever designing projects, drawing up plans and directing construction sites. A never-ending succession of chic commercial firms and ephemeral shop fronts, luxury villas, imposing townhouses and modern buildings, artist studios and cinemas filled the firm’s order books from 1898 onwards.
Brussels was the main location for their creative energy, which evolved in line with the styles, techniques and materials of their time.
Aimed at families, the exhibition Paul and his brothers opens the doors to a buzzing radiant city where the know-how of Paul and his brothers, virtuosos of decoration, was implemented in some 200 creations scattered throughout the territory.
Exhibition with free admission from 8 September to 22 November 2017, every day from 10h00 to 18h00, in the mezzanine of Halles Saint-Géry/Sint-Gorikshallen, Place Saint-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein, Brussels.
Organisation: Association pour l’Étude du Bâti (APEB), with the support of the Monuments and Sites Directorate of the Brussels-Capital Region.