(1823–94). Belgian architect, who, like his contemporary Balat, made an eclectic contribution to fin-de-siècle architecture in Brussels: he often employed a harmonious blending of white stone, blue stone, and brick and was particularly interested in the use of iron in architecture. He was fluent in the Renaissance Revival style, drawing on French and Flemish precedents. Among his works may be mentioned the ‘Hier is't in der Kater en de Kat’, Adolphe Maxlaan, Brussels (1874), Doornik Railway Station (1874–9), and his masterpiece, the Banque Nationale, Brussels (1875–9—an extraordinary confection with turrets, lucarnes, and steeply-pitched roofs). His assistants included Hankar and Horta.
From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.