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Three architects built this complex: F. Obin, P. Cordona and B. Renard, who is thought to have designed both inner courtyards and the mansion, drawing inspiration from the 18C saltworks at Arc-en-Senans in France. Le Grand-Hornu's neo-Classical style can be seen in the arcades, pediments, colonnades and Roman arches. Note the sculpture in the middle of the first inner courtyard by P. Bury, 64 squares (1991). The former stables and hay loft have doors carved by F. Roulin. The vast oval arcaded courtyard's brick buildings once housed workshops and are now offices. The main workshop that produced steam-powered machines has retained pillars which once supported domes on pendentives. A modern art museum occupies the former administrative building. The lamp store's museum displays documents, photos and tools recalling the history of Hornu, the complex and coalmining. After ceasing its activities in 1954, the site fell into disrepair, was condemned to be demolished in 1969, then purchased by the architect H. Guchez in 1971, who undertook its restoration. It belongs to the province of Hainaut since 1989.

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  • Address : r. Sainte-Louise 82 82 B - 7301 Hornu7301Hornu
  • Phone : 065 77 07 12
  • Prices : free of charge

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