WeLoveBrussels team had a pleasure to visit and explore Maison Jamaer, a beautiful historical house in the center of Brussels. It was built in 1876, as a personal house of the architect Pierre-Victor Jamaer (1852-1902). The house has eclectic style facade which combines influences of the gothic period and the Flemish renaissance. Pierre Victor Jamaer was promoted as the architect of the city in 1847 (which he held until 1895) and he played an important role in the restoration of several houses on the Grand Place – most notably the Maison du Roi (King’s House) in the neo-gothic style.
After a major restoration, which lasted two years, Maison Jamaer regained its original splendor recently. The house was originally built in 1874-1876 along Avenue de Stalingrad (called Boulevard du Midi at the time). Pierre-Victor Jamaer studied architecture at the Academy of Brussels from 1842 to 1846. During his career, he oversaw the infrastructure works which aimed to modernize the city and he led the restoration projects of some of the most historic buildings.
Being interested in history and arts, the new owner Alain Blond paid attention to all the details during the renovation process and managed to connect the modern comfort (the bulding has new infrastructure) while safequarding the authenticity of the epoque in which the house was built. This makes the house even more appealing for curious visitors or those who decide to stay overnight in one of the rooms with historical setting. It is also possible to use this exceptional venue for events, conferences, concerts, readings, receptions, diners and other activities.
We particularly liked the the fact that the hosts (Alain, the owner and Pierre who kindly gave us a tour of the house) love to connect with visitors. All those who stay in the house can expect a nice introduction into the history of the place, as well as a chance to talk about Brussels or simply have a cup of tea/coffee in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere of this historical building. A communal table on the ground floor serves as a place for breakfast and socializing, but the guests can also opt for a more private approach and have their breakfast served in the room.
WeLoveBrussels sees some exciting possibilities for this venue. Here is a suggestion: Maison Jamaer could also serve as a great ‘co-working’ place. Considering the growing popularity of the co-working spaces in Brussels (and not many are located in that part of town), this could bring an addtional value to everyone – the building, the city and to entrepreneurial & creative crowd who would be able to enjoy this exceptional setting and make it even more lively environment.