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About the house

February 2, 2010

Our house was built in the 1920s. According to the house archives we saw, this villa was built by an English gentleman. The house changed owners several times until it got into the hands of another Englishman!

The style of the house is a branch of Art Deco, characteristic of the 20s.  According to Wikipedia, the Art Deco movement was a “mixture of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s.

In Belgium, examples of Art Deco are commonplace throughout the Flanders and Wallonia, and we’re told that there are several villas similar to ours around lake Genval. There are plenty of others in Brussels too. For more examples and history about the Art Deco style, we should pay a visit to Galerie De Vries in Ghent.

The main goal of our house renovation project will be to preserve the Art Deco style and original materials of the house where possible,  while adding some contemporary touches.

But perhaps you think that this house is not Art Deco? Post your comment here, and we will crowdsource the architectural style!

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