In the 15th century, the Lusthof, then known as the Coevoet, was part of a larger complex, adjacent to the brewery Blaesbalck and the Saint Eligius Chapel. The Coevoet, featuring a large open room and a winter residence, connected to a detached kitchen. By the 16th century, the Coevoet transformed with a new stone facade and roof, eventually splitting into two houses, Lusthof and Olijfboom, each gaining distinct features such as Gothic fireplaces and separate living quarters.

From 1675 to 1771, the Lusthof housed wealthy citizens and clergy. Notably, Guillelmus Culens, a lawyer, renovated the Lusthof in the 1760s, adding a Louis XV style door frame, stucco ceilings, and lavish interiors. The rear house received rococo style ceilings and gold leather wall coverings, creating an opulent living space. Over the centuries, adaptations continued, including the addition of modern amenities and conversion of the connecting corridor into a stairwell to enhance vertical circulation.

Surviving the Great Fire of Leuven during World War I, the Lusthof stands as the oldest preserved house in the city. While other medieval structures either perished in the fire or lost their authenticity through renovations, the Lusthof remained largely intact. Post-World War II, the building fell into disrepair until it was protected as a monument in 2001. Following a thorough restoration and its transformation into a restaurant, the Lusthof’s historical significance is preserved for future generations.)