A fresh start for Hotel Frison


Nupur Tron from India is the new owner of Hotel Frison. She decided to renovate this work of art, built by Victor Horta in 1894, in keeping with its original style.

This house, located at 37 Rue Lebeau near Sablon in Brussels, was completely disfigured in 1955 when it was turned into a retail space and its ground floor was demolished and replaced by a large shop window. It has to be said that, at the time and up until the 1970s, Art Nouveau was looked down on, with its critics describing it as "noodle style". The buildings were often sold for the price of the land.

Note the ironwork, the blue stone and the white stone and the ethereal features which recall nature on the facade of this Art Nouveau jewel. The interiors are even more exceptional: staircases, marble, woodwork, fireplaces, furniture and, above all, a magnificent glazed gallery that allows light to enter into the heart of the building.

The second, asymmetrical floor, presents an oriel on the right that protrudes very little with a vast window in three parts, the wrought-iron columns of which support the iron lintel. The base of the oriel, with a very supple design typical of Victor Horta's style, is supported by a strong console and supports a small elegant balcony.

For interior and exterior views of Hotel Frison as well as its appearance at the time of its completion, please go to this website.