Heritage Days shine spotlight on restoration of former Uccle-Boitsfort Hippodrome

10 September 2021
Heritage Days shine spotlight on restoration of former Uccle-Boitsfort Hippodrome Judges’ Towers. © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) The entrance pavilion at the corner of Chaussée de la Hulpe and Avenue Roosevelt. © sau-msi.brussels (P.Sa.) Weighing Building (Pesage). © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) The Grandstand. © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) The Grandstand. © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) The old racing circuit and the Grandstand. © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) The Small Stand. © sau-msi.brussels (Reporters) Heritage Days shine spotlight on restoration of former Uccle-Boitsfort Hippodrome Heritage Days shine spotlight on restoration of former Uccle-Boitsfort Hippodrome

The iconic historic buildings of the former Uccle-Boitsfort Hippodrome, restored by the Urban Development Corporation (SAU), will feature in the 33rd edition of the Heritage Days (formerly Brussels Heritage Days). This annual event organised on the initiative of the Brussels-Capital Region to bring the population closer to the historical heritage, will take place on 18 and 19 September 2021.

It was during the Heritage Days five years ago that the SAU officially opened the four buildings that were the object of its first phase of restoration work at the Hippodrome: the Grandstand, Small Stand, Weighing Building and Judges’ Tower.

The SAU launched the second restoration phase in December 2020. This relates to six more buildings with clear heritage value:
- the entrance pavilion at the corner of Chaussée de la Hulpe and Avenue Roosevelt;
- the entrance pavilion at the back of the car park on Chaussée de la Hulpe;
- the semi-circular canopies of the steel betting hall;
- the semi-circular canopies of the concrete betting hall;
- the tunnel under the old racing circuit providing access to the golf course;
- the old forest house on Chaussée de la Hulpe.

  • Practical details
  • The SAU has published a small leaflet which covers the main stages in the Hippodrome’s history and describes the two restoration phases it has carried out there. It can be downloaded in PDF format here.
  • Guided tours of the Hippodrome will take place on 18 and 19 September at 10 am and 3 pm in French and at 1 pm in Dutch. Participation is by reservation only: https://heritagedays.urban.brussels
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