The Brussels government has approved the protection of Raphaël Evaldre’s former private home and artist studio. This was done at the initiative of State Secretary for Heritage Pascal Smet.The house is unique for its bow window with its Art Nouveau layout and for its skylight window that lit up the artist’s studio.
History of Evaldre’s house
The house in particular is unique for its bow window with its Art Nouveau layout and for its skylight window that lit up the artist’s studio. The master glazier’s influence is clearly visible on the facade and in the arrangement of the rooms. For example, there is a strong presence of ornamented glazing and a remarkable positioning of the skylight window that illuminates the artist’s studio. Indeed, this house has “hybrid” characteristics, with both Art Nouveau, already out of fashion at the time, and Art Deco, which on the contrary was in vogue.
“We are continuing our policy of protecting and enhancing Brussels Art Nouveau. Raphaël Evaldre is among the most famous master glaziers of the Art Nouveau. He also worked closely with Victor Horta. His house was built in 1929 and its interior has been particularly well preserved. We want to ensure this preservation in the future. That is why we are now classifying this remarkable property.”State Secretary for Heritage Pascal Smet
The authenticity of this particularly well-preserved interior is confirmed by its many original details, such as the woodwork, the interior doors with the original glass, electric switches, radiator casings, the kitchen lift, the glass cooker hood in the basement kitchen… It shows that Raphaël Evaldre’s former private home and artist’s studio not only offers undeniable aesthetic quality, but also is a perfectly preserved reminder of an important Art Nouveau personality.
Address of the Evaldre house: 185, Avenue Coghen in Uccle