On Tuesday, Pascal Smet, The Brussels State Secretary for Urbanism and Heritage, announced that the historical Art Nouveau building Hôtel Hannon will reopen its doors to the public on 31 May 2023, as a museum.
Built in 1905 by Jules Brunfaut for Belgian photographer Édouard Hannon, the Hôtel Hannon served as an architectural landmark in the municipality of Saint-Gilles and showcased the rich tapestry of the Belgian capital's Art Nouveau movement.
In recent decades, from the late 1980s onwards, Hôtel Hannon would serve as a place to promote creative photography through exhibitions, artist retrospectives and conferences, seemingly in tribute to its namesake Édouard Hannon.
In 2022, it was announced that the building would be renovated to be reopened as a museum in 2023, as part of Brussels' celebrations as the capital of Art Nouveau.
To that end, Pascal Smet announced Hôtel Hannon will officially reopen on 31 May 2023, after renovation works have finished, having been financed by the Brussels-Capital Region.