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Etterbeek Art Nouveau gem Maison Cauchie for sale: Offers from €1.8 million
One of Brussels’ finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture, Maison Cauchie, is for sale and inviting offers from €1.8 million.
The 1905 townhouse in Etterbeek was designed by architect and painter Paul Cauchie as his own personal home and studio. Renovated with respect for its original materials and character, the listed property in Rue des Francs is situated close to Cinquantenaire park.
“A true architectural gem, it illustrates the contribution of mural painting to Art Nouveau. Behind a unique facade decorated with sgraffito (facade paintings), gold leaves and wooden pilasters lies a house with an area of ± 330 m².”
The property listing describes how the basement now houses an exhibition room, the ground floor features sgraffito decorated walls and the upper floors have been converted into two apartments.
“A true masterpiece of Brussels' heritage, this house, which offers multiple possibilities, is ideal for an art lover, a foundation or an art gallery.”
Maison Cauchie’s pictorial façade is unusual for an Art Nouveau design, which is characterised by natural shapes and patterns. Its golden hued frontage – inspired by the Glasgow school - combines symmetry, verticality and geometry, but also depicts figures in flowing robes that have classical references.
The façade also evokes themes personal to Cauchie and his artist wife, Caroline Voet, featuring at the centre, the motto ‘By Us, For Us’.