Hidden Belgium: Maison Cauchie

Hidden Belgium: Maison Cauchie

The house at Rue des Francs 5 in Brussels is hard to miss. The architect and decorator Paul Cauchie built this remarkable art nouveau home and workshop near the Cinquantenaire Park in 1905. He incorporated delicate sgraffiti murals on the façade to advertise his skills as a house decorator.

The interior has hints of the Vienna Secession and Glasgow’s Charles Rennie Macintosh with its geometric design, painted murals and stained glass. The house has been impeccably restored by the current owner, an insurance company. You can book a guided tour on most Saturdays and some Sundays.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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