Restoration of the portico and garden pavilion

Start: 18 September 2017 – End: beginning of 2019

The portico and garden pavilion are being restored. These are the only two original surviving elements from Rubens’s home, which has been fundamentally altered since the eighteenth century. What’s more, they feature rare traces of the master as an architect. The restoration process is having a visible impact on the site, but the museum will remain open as usual during the work.
Portico and garden pavilion in scaffolding

Mercurius en Minerva van de portiek

The restoration at a glance
The portico and garden pavilion – the two surviving original elements of the Rubens House – were in urgent need of restoration, due to pollution and water infiltration. The current action plan draws on the restoration work performed in 1937–46 by the City Architect Emiel Van Averbeke, who headed the project to reconstruct the Rubens House. A combination of conservation and protection measures will ensure the optimum preservation of the portico and garden pavilion in the long term.
Situation at 24 April 2018
Work on the portico and garden pavilion is in full swing. Find out more here about how restoration is progressing.
A considerable amount of work and research was carried out before the current restoration could begin.