The Hospice Havré history goes back to the 13th century when Mahaut de Guînes, countess of Saint-Pol, gave away a mansion to provide a home for the underprivileged. It was entrusted to the care of a community of nuns, who took in orphans and looked after elderly people at first, and later devoted themselves entirely to the education of young girls. It then passed into the hands of another religious order, retaining its original function as a hospice right up till 1998. On the occasion of the "Lille 2004, European Capital of Culture", the site was converted into a "Maison Folie" (Madness House) and became a venue for hosting a wide range of cultural events. Shows, concerts, exhibitions or debates, and meetings with writers and artists all go on, one after the other, breathing new life into the Hospice d'Havré. A Renaissance-style garden with pools and themed areas for medicinal and tinctorial plants adds to the charm of the place.