Huis Brecht is one of the oldest “hofhuizen” in Breda, the homes that used to house the noblemen. The house was built in the Gothic style during the beginning of the fourteenth century and was modified several times since then. The Brecht family was very influential in Breda as they worked for the Nassau family. Many noble families moved to the city to settle near the Castle of Breda. The houses that these families lived in are called “hofhuizen”. Apart from residential houses, these buildings were often used as offices, storage rooms, guest accommodation and to symbolize wealth.
The wing on the side of the Cingelstraat was extended around 1830. The library of the Royal Military Academy is now situated in the right side of the building. Huis Brecht was renovated several times, the last time being in 1994, when the wooden gate frame was put up. The frame states the year 1792, referring to the original frame.