For centuries the noble residence of mayors, knights, artists, professors and other dignitaries, Happaert House is now open to members of the public as well. Welcome to this stately home; a home full of history and character; a place where you and your organisation may also one day write history.
The story of Happaert House is riddled with famous names and personalities who have lived, worked, studied and invented here. And that grandeur is still clearly tangible today. When knight and mayor, Jan Happaert laid the first cornerstone in 1520, Antwerp could justifiably claim to be the centre of the world. The Happaerts ruled over the city, in fact, throughout the Golden Age. From this very house. And even when Princes of Orange took over power in Antwerp, the Happaerts remained loyal to their city and continued to supply members to the office of mayor up until 1684.
During the turbulent 18th and 19th centuries, the house was extended by the Delft family. The noble Dutch family’s coat of arms can still be seen today, proudly hanging next to that of the Happaerts. Since then, the house has continued to offer inspiration to generations of notable residents, including its last inhabitant, Professor Couvreur. The latter chaired the commission which laid down a set of new spelling rules in Dutch in 1954 in the form of the famous “Green Book”.
Today, Happeart House continues to be a place that inspires new ideas, refreshing insights and powerful decisions.
This is the most central room of the house. The lavishly appointed Hall is the ideal venue for your dinners, meetings, presentations or simply to relax by the open fireplace. Suitable for up to 60 guests.
These smaller, yet no less opulent rooms offer excellent opportunities for private conversations, coaching sessions and relaxation.
With its beautiful antique pianoforte, this delightful room provides a harmonious backdrop to your meetings, presentations and training courses. This room can comfortably accommodate up to 50 people.
Offering views onto the magnificent courtyard garden, this room is perfectly suited to smaller groups of up to 20 people. The garden offers all the necessary inspiration for workshops, brainstorm sessions and other gatherings.
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Our historic, enchanted courtyard garden invites you to enjoy the calming and rejuvenating effects of nature. Perfect for lunches and receptions or simply to relax in between meetings.