- Alfred Willis
(b Paris, Oct 17, 1836; d Uccle, Brussels, March 17, 1901).
Belgian architect. He was the son of the painter Antoine Van Ysendyck (1801–75), and he was educated at the Académie du Dessin, Mons, the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, and finally at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where he studied with Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Louis-Hippolyte Lebas and Jean-Baptiste-Cicéron Lesueur. Returning to Belgium, from 1861 he worked for a number of years in the office of Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar in Brussels before establishing his own architectural practice there. During the 1870s Van Ysendyck supervised the restoration of some important monuments in Brussels dating from the Gothic period to the Baroque. His first important new architectural commission was the town hall (1875–9) of Anderlecht, a suburb of Brussels. The interiors of this building were carried out by Charle-Albert, a noted decorative designer with whom Van Ysendyck collaborated on several projects. He went on to produce numerous other public buildings, town houses and country seats, typically in Flemish Renaissance Revival or Gothic Revival styles, in Brussels and the Flemish provinces. Examples include the town hall in Schaerbeek (...