A Flemish Theater Turned Home in the Heart of Historic Antwerp Seeks $1.9M

A Flemish Theater Turned Home in the Heart of Historic Antwerp Seeks $1.9M

By Kathryn M.
Originally built as a hotel circa 1860, the building features a stately staircase leading up to a loft-style attic apartment with soaring timber trusses.

This landmarked 19th-century building in Antwerp, Belgium, was originally designed as a hotel by famed local architect J.A. Hompus. The 7,000-square-foot space most recently housed a satirical Flemish theater company, De Zwarte Komedie, and today it contains a series of contemporary flats spread out across four floors.

The building was built in the Second Empire style by the famous Antwerp architect J.A. Hompus sometime around 1860. The historic city center and Scheldt River are both nearby.

A staircase winds toward a domed skylight two floors up. The building is licensed for residential units, as well as an office and workshop. However, the listing notes it could also serve as a single-family home.

The comedy theater shut down in 2015, at which point the building was renovated from top to bottom and four separate flats were created on the upper levels. Full-floor apartments occupy the first and second levels, while the timber-framed attic was divided into a pair of handsome loft-style units. The ground level is arranged as a small work studio and multipurpose space. Keep scrolling to see images of the interior, which is replete with intricate molding and original features.

A look at the first-floor apartment. Original hardwood floors run throughout the flat, which also features original crown molding and fireplace surrounds.

A look at one of two bedrooms in the same unit. Original double doors divide the living areas.

A view of the staircase outside of the first-floor apartment leading up to the next apartment.

The entire second floor is occupied by another two-bedroom apartment. Large windows spanning the front facade allow tons of natural light into the living area.

An all-new kitchen is just around the corner. The bright room features commercial-grade appliances and ample storage space.

Doors in the kitchen lead out to a private terrace.

A look at the private second-floor terrace, which is enclosed by surrounding buildings.

The attic-level apartment surprises with a dramatic double-height living room and lofted bedroom. The building’s original timber trusses and brickwork enhance the aesthetic.

A winding staircase leads up an exposed brick wall to the bedroom space.

 The kitchen spans a rear wall and stands adjacent to the bathroom.

A view from the stairs looks out over the space. The wide-plank hardwood floors and timber beams are illuminated by multiple skylights along the gabled roof.

The property in Antwerp is currently listed for 1,790,000 Euros (approximately $1,935,000) by T. Werner of Sotheby's International Realty.

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