Hilversum Things to Do Tips by OlafS
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The is a remarkable building in a neo-Baroque style, designed by P.A. Weeldenburg and built in 1888-1889. Unlike the Roman-Catholics, the Old-Catholics preferred other styles than Gothicism for their churches.
The Roman Catholic St. Vitus is a neo-Gothic church designed by P.J.H. Cuypers and built in 1891-1892. It is regarded as one of Cuypers' most important works. The interior must be very impressive and worth a look. If you find the doors open of course.
In 1928 W.M. Dudok was appointed municipal architect of Hilversum. Until then he had designed several buildings and objects for Hilversum in his function of director of Municipal Works. The town hall would become his masterpiece, and had been designed by him up to the smallest details, including the furniture and even a chairman's hammer. From 1915 until 1922 several designs were made, of which the final one was finished in 1924. Construction however didn't start until 1927, after several years of uncertainty over whether it would ever be build at all. Dudok finally was given the green light because fellow architects had been presuring the Hilversum city-counsil.
The town hall was built just outside the town centre, where it could be surrounded by a park. The building is made up out of box-like shapes, with a mostly vertical accent that is broken by several horizontal structures.
The building still has its original function, but a part of it houses the Dudok Centre, which has an exhibition of the man's work.
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