From demolition to reconstruction and repurposing
Restoration of the villa with attention to detail
The interior wooden doors were all restored in the Hallois workshop of Luc Merckx. He also restored the wooden wall of the first floor library. The exterior doors have been renovated and fitted with new corrugated drawn glass. The interior coating was made with lime plaster. The facade also received a new coat of lime plaster, which was then repainted in the presumed original color, specifically ocher yellow. A typical feature of the 19th century Neo-Palladian style.
There is music in the renovation… also outside
The roof of Villa Servais was in very poor condition. Fortunately, the original roof trusses were able to be preserved. You can enjoy it in the Liszt and Joseph guest rooms. Extensive roofing work, insulation work and stability work must restore the strength of the roof truss for the future. The old asbestos slates from the 1980s were removed by specialist craftsmen and replaced with natural slates. The gutter which was completely rotten was replaced by a new one which is an exact copy of the original model. The design of the gutter is based on old photos from 1907. The zinc gutter was delicately decorated with modillions by the Troiani and Orlando team. These are vertical baffles with coils. In total there are 148 unique examples of the original version dating from 1847. A weather vane sings atop the roof, which was gilded by Maud herself. The eaves were finished with new ironwork based on the loop also found in the garden gate of Villa Servais.
The lions in front of Villa Servais have been completely restored. These two impressive sculptures were very important to the children of the gendarmerie and the many schoolchildren. The lions each weigh 350 kilos and were taken to the I-Parc studio for restoration. They were first cleaned thoroughly, then every crack was carefully treated. One lion was even taken apart into three different pieces and meticulously reassembled. The refined finish includes two coats of paint.