Condé-sur-l’Escaut’s town hall (18th century)
Featuring a classic design, the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) of Condé-sur-l’Escaut, produced under the joint authority of the local lord (Emmanuel de Croÿ) and the district administrator (equivalent to a prefect) for the Hainaut area, is particularly impressive from the outside as it dominates and overlooks the small but nevertheless charming Place Pierre Delcourt. Behind its façade, which would have run the full length of the square if the French Revolution had not curtailed this ambitious town planning project, we find a succession of astonishing rooms. These include the staff room, a former indoor market with its blue stone pillars and brick "oven-shaped" vaults, a regional speciality. Or the sumptuous wedding hall, which still features its original decor as a court room.