There’s a reason why Mons has become known as a cultural hub in Belgium. There are many unique cultural sites around the city to discover during your stay at Hotel Congres Mons. Maison Losseau is a must-see to experience one of the most iconic Art Nouveau style buildings in Mons.
What is Maison Losseau?
Considered the ‘Gem of Art Nouveau,’ Maison Losseau is a private house-turned-cultural venue displaying prized literature collections from its former owner. The mansion is registered on the List of Exceptional Heritage Sites in Wallonia. It’s well-known for its impressive architecture and housing rare literature.
Maison Losseau was originally built in the 18th Century and later acquired by the Losseau family in the late 19th Century. Léon Losseau, the son, was instrumental in developing the house into the iconic venue that we see today. He commissioned several architects and artists to renovate the house, ultimately transforming it into an Art Nouveau masterpiece.
Meticulous architecture and design are featured throughout the entire mansion. It was finished with marble floors, stained glass panels, and a gold embellished metal front door. Each of the design elements of Maison Losseau centers around a floral theme. The house was decorated with elegant wooden furnishings in the various lounges and lobby.
The mansion was also the first private house in Mons with electricity and central heating.
A foundation established in 1952 before Léon Losseau’s death preserves the legacy of Maison Losseau and its former owner. Significant restoration efforts were set in place to restore it to its original glory for the inclusion in Mons 2015 – a city-wide showcase of various cultural events and venues.
Visiting Maison Losseau?
Maison Losseau opened to the public in 2015. It’s located in the city center next to the Courthouse. It’s become a popular tourist destination thanks to it’s cultural significance to Mons.
In addition to the original Maison Losseau, an adjoining Centre d’Interprétation (or Interpretation Center). The Interpretation Center is where you can learn about the history of Léon Losseau and the Art Nouveau architectural style. The center also features several exhibits and collections from his private collections.
Léon Losseau amassed a collection of more than 100,000 books over his lifetime. Much of his literature collection is on display throughout Maison Losseau. One of the rarest pieces of literature on display is the original edition of Une Saison en Enfer by Rimbaud. Many thought that all copies of the literature were destroyed, but several copies were discovered and acquired by Losseau.
Maison Losseau also features other regional literature.
Guided tours are available in multiple languages for individual visitors or group tours. The guided tours are perfect for getting a better understanding of Losseau, the different exhibitions, and the unique characteristics that make the mansion special.
Maison Losseau is open for all ages. It’s open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am – to 6 pm, Saturday from 1 pm – 6 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. There is an entrance fee of 5 € for adults and 3 € for children, which includes the guided tour. Group tours receive special rates.
If you’re looking for a unique Mons experience while staying at our 4 star hotel in Mons, a trip to Maison Losseau allows you to discover one of the rare gems in Mons.