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Rue Africaine 92

Rue Africaine 92, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium

Façade (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Decorative wall light, corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Decorative wall light, corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Decorative wall light, corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Decorative wall light, corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Corridor, ground floor (photo 2007) ©KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). All rights reserved.

Rue Africaine 92

A geometric Art Nouveau-style house with a narrow bay, characterised by its curved bow window topped with a large circular window.

FACADE

The façade, predominantly built of cream bricks, is punctuated with some beautiful decorative features in white stone. Its overall composition is symmetrical, and it presents sophisticated Art Nouveau details in its wooden sash bars with their delicate geometric design. Note the motif that is repeated throughout this façade, both in the ironwork and on the sculpted white stones: a circle, below which hang three vertical lines.

INTERIORS

The Art Nouveau style is limited to the hall and the staircase. As was often the case at the time, the other rooms are characterised by more academic styles, such as for example a Flemish Neo-Renaissance lounge that stands out due to its coffered ceiling and exceptional Japanese wallpaper.

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