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The Palace hotel

Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

Antoine Pompe

1908-1909

Façade, place Rogier (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade, place Rogier (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2000) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2000) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Entrance hall (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance hall (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Tavern-brasserie (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.21.

Tavern-brasserie (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.21.

Tavern-brasserie (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Tavern-brasserie (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Fountain, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Fountain, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Barber’s shop for men  (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Barber’s shop for men (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bedroom (photo 2003) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bedroom (photo 2003) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bathroom of the princely apartment (photo ca 1910), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bathroom of the princely apartment (photo ca 1910), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade, place Rogier (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade, place Rogier (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2000) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2000) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Entrance hall (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance hall (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Tavern-brasserie (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.21.

Tavern-brasserie (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.21.

Tavern-brasserie (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Tavern-brasserie (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.22.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Entrance, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Fountain, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Fountain, restaurant (photo ca 1910), Emulation, 1910, pl.23.

Barber’s shop for men  (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Barber’s shop for men (old postcard), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bedroom (photo 2003) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bedroom (photo 2003) ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bathroom of the princely apartment (photo ca 1910), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Bathroom of the princely apartment (photo ca 1910), Collection Belfius Banque - Académie royale de Belgique © ARB-urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

The Palace hotel

This magnificent hotel is among the most beautiful geometric Art Nouveau-style creations. It was designed by the architect Adhémar Lener with the help of his young assistant, Antoine Pompe, who became an illustrious architect in the years that followed.

In 1908, the two architects won the competition to design a hotel held in preparation for the Brussels World Fair of 1910. It was one of the first concrete edifices in Belgium and was built in the record time of 11 months.

EXTERIOR

Its imposing façades present interesting capitals, caryatids, iron consoles and bow windows.

INTERIORS

In 1995, the hotel was renovated by the Genval Architecture Practice and its name was changed. Despite the changes made to it, you can still admire some remnants of the old decoration and in particular some stucco masks along the reception corridor. The bar has photographs of the old hotel displayed on its walls.

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