Circuit Moneuse : l'attaque de la cense Populaire - Frameries
If you go down Rue de France, you will come across several different architectural styles, all different. You will see modernist structure, very dense, generally built using bricks, but also some great examples of curvacious Art Nouveau houses. At numbers 4, 6 and 8, the three houses form a very beautiful ensemble due to the decorative and colourful treatment administered to their façades. Just look at those magnificent skylights! A little bit farther on, at no. 18, you can discover a striking structure designed by Pluvinage, an architect from Frameries who was very in vogue at the start of the 20th century. Its flat roof and above all its rendered wall are typical of the Art Deco style. Fronting onto the pavement opposite, at no. 47, is an imposing villa in the cottage style, niched in a splendid landscaped garden.
Villas in the cottage style can be admired here and there in the town and notably on Rue du Bois-Bourdon. Don’t miss the three great buildings at no. 68, at no. 70 and at no. 74. The first two are attached and were built in the first third of the 20th century. If you like the Opal Coast or the coast of Normandy, the holiday spirit engendered by the skylights and the pediments will already be familiar to you. What class! And what can you say about the one next to them, which is slightly farther back from the pavement than them? Angular bays, plane decor, columns, and so on. The façade alone is an Art Deco manual.
Please note that as regards the majority of the buildings referred to, they are private properties. Enjoying looking at them must go hand in hand with respect for people’s privacy. Before you go off to do something else, stop by Grand’Place to take in the magnificent Town Hall. It is not Art Deco -- far from it, in fact -- but its imposing and eclectic architecture topped off with turrets might also impress you!