Institut Henri Jaspar

THE ABANDONED SCHOOL IN BELGIUM

The grounds in Kraainem, on which the ‘Institut Henri Jaspar’ was built were acquired in 1919 by a Royal donation to build a shelter there. The boarding school was known in the region as a shelter for children from the lower social classes from Brussels and surroundings.

The oldest building on the site was built in 1920. In 1929 the current central wing in cottage style was built, the wing from 1920 was demolished in that year. More new buildings were added in 1936 and 1938. The site was named ‘Institut Henri Jaspar’ in 1937. Jaspar was born in Schaerbeek and trained as a lawyer. He represented Liège as a Catholic in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives from 1919 until 1936. He served as the 27th Prime Minister of Belgium from 1926 to 1931. In 1924 he was made an honorary Minister of State.

1947

During the Second World War there were plans for further expansion, but they are never realized. Just after the war, architect Haeck delivers a new total design. In 1947, the existing wings were demolished and replaced by the current wings on both sides of the cottage construction. This gave the complex its current look and U-shaped floor plan.

1986

‘Institut Henri Jaspar’ stopped giving accommodation to children in Kraainem in 1986. But until today the organization screens and criticizes private children accommodations in Belgium. I visited the boarding school in 2006.

Built 1921
Abandoned 1986
Demolished 2011
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Institut Henri Jaspar
Kraainem Jaspar
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