The 175th anniversary of
the castle of La Hulpe

1842-2017

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Transformation of the façade

1929

    Many major changes were carried out between 1929 and 1932, particularly the removal of the Béthune coat of arms. The chateau’s current frontage is attributable to Armand and Ernest-John, the son and grandson of the founder of the famous Solvay dynasty.

    Transformation of the façade

Additions by the architect Victor Horta

1894

    In 1894, Ernest Solvay had his town house, the Hôtel Solvay, built in Brussels. Victor Horta was also engaged to furnish the castle’s interior. The only remaining trace of these changes, in the art nouveau style, is the hand pump near the stables.

    Additions by the architect Victor Horta

Construction of the castle by the Béthune family

1842

    Jean-Jacques Nicolas Arveuf-Fransquin and Jean-François Coppens were the architects placed in charge of the construction of the castle. Work was completed in 1842, leaving a majestic chateau in the Flemish neo-renaissance style.

    Construction of the castle by the Béthune family