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Former school for young girls

Rue des Capucins 58, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Henri Jacobs

1908-1910

Façade (photo ca 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo ca 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Wall light, central courtyard (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Wall light, central courtyard (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Sgraffito decoration by Henri Privat-Livemont, central courtyard (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Sgraffito decoration by Henri Privat-Livemont, central courtyard (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, ground floor (photo 2010) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, ground floor (photo 2010) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Staircase and door leading to the headmaster's quarters (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Staircase and door leading to the headmaster's quarters (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo ca 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo ca 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2018) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Wall light, central courtyard (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Wall light, central courtyard (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Sgraffito decoration by Henri Privat-Livemont, central courtyard (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Sgraffito decoration by Henri Privat-Livemont, central courtyard (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, ground floor (photo 2010) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, ground floor (photo 2010) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Central courtyard, first floor (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Staircase and door leading to the headmaster's quarters (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Staircase and door leading to the headmaster's quarters (photo 2006) © urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Former school for young girls

This former school for young girls was designed by Henri Jacobs in an Eclectic style with touches of Art Nouveau. It is now occupied by the Institut Diderot.

FACADE

The right-hand section of the building, containing the entrance, is attributed to Jacobs, while the left-hand section is the result of an extension built in the 1980s. The fairly classical façade is made of white stone.  However, you will notice a frieze connecting the fanlight above the front door to the lintels of the first-floor windows, where the inscription “école normale - normaal school” can be seen. Note, in particular, the Art Nouveau elements in the ironwork on the cellar windows and the front door, as well as those on the finely-sculpted lintel in the form of a depressed arch above the window in the upper section of the central bay.

INTERIOR

A rectangular courtyard built across the width of the façade leads visitors to the different wings of the building, which are separated from each other by yards. This celebrated, two-storey courtyard features Art Nouveau decoration and is topped with a ceiling displaying a series of arches adorned with flower motif mouldings. Note also the superb ironwork, in particular the staircase bannister, the railings and the consoles supporting the corridors. And lastly, do not miss the sgraffiti decorations by the famous artist Henri Privat-Livemont.

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