Lemaire

The dilapidated Beguinage site was rescued from destruction in 1962 by the signing of an agreement transferring ownership to the University of Leuven (apart from the Church of St John the Baptist, which was only transferred after its restoration). This room is located on the ground floor of the Infirmary building, and is accessible to wheelchairs.


This room is located on the ground floor of the Infirmary building, and is accessible to wheelchairs.

A little history

The Infirmerie and the Table of the Holy Spirit were, like the rest of the Grand Beguinage, confiscated by the French and placed under the management of ‘Les Hospices Civils de Louvain’, which in 1925 became the Commission for Public Support, today’s O.C.M.W. or Public Centre for Social Welfare.

The dilapidated Beguinage site was rescued from destruction in 1962 by the signing of an agreement transferring ownership to the University of Leuven (apart from the Church of St John the Baptist, which was only transferred after its restoration). A start was made on the restoration work under Professor Raymond M. Lemaire in 1963, and it was finished in 1990 with the completion of the street behind the church by the engineer and architect Paul van Aerschot.

Raymond Martin Lemaire (1921-1997) studied law, history, art history and classics at the University of Leuven. Although neither an architect nor a civil engineer, he built up a reputation in the field of architecture, restoration and urban planning, primarily through the restoration of the Grand Beguinage. As a result, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Académie d’Architecture de France in 1970.

In addition to his duties as a professor he was also a minister plenipotentiary after the Second World War and member of the commission which had the task of tracking down and recovering art works that had been stolen by the occupying forces. In 1965, together with an Italian colleague, he established the International Council on Monuments and Sites. He was a UNESCO Special Envoy and was elevated to the nobility in 1990. His advice was sought in connection with numerous restoration projects in Belgium and other countries.

Setup facility

Theater Klas U Blok
130 60 45 10
Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
70 110

Lengte / Breedte
16,8 x 8,0m

Gallery

Compare with the other facilities

Zaal Meetings Lunch/Diner Lengte / Breedte
Theater Klas U Blok Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
Anna De Paepe 35 24 21 18 8,1 x 6,2m
B. Lipsius 14 16 20 6,9 x 5,2m
Begga 10 4,5 x 6,0m
Bisschopskamer 40 32 21 28 45 8,0 x 8,0m
E. Van Ophem 10 4,4 x 6,0m
Florquin 20 15 15 15 8,2 x 6,1m
H. Geesttafel 50 36 26 32 50 12 x 5,5m
Infirmerie 250 100 160 200 27,8 x 8,9m
Lemaire 130 60 45 10 70 110 16,8 x 8,0m
M. Roelands 12 14 5,9 x 4,6m
St. Anna 16 7,0 x 4,0m
St. Barbara 60 50 34 30 14,0 x 5,5m
St. Gommarius 18 8.2 x 6.2m
Swerius 24 24 24 24 6,0 x 14,0m
Van Hamaele 50 40 29 20 9,7 x 8,0m
Willem Van Croy 160 16,0 x 15,0m

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