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"Public Art - "Scheepsvaarthuis" sculptures" Statues and Sculptures Tip by yooperprof

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  • Public Art - "Scheepsvaarthuis" sculptures - Amsterdam

Favorite thing: The Scheepsvaarthuis - or "Shipping House" - is one of the most important examples of early 20th century architecture in all of Holland. It well illustrates the way in which architects in the first decades of the 1900s attempted to fuse traditions of craft, art, and engineering through the creation of new building styles that would reflect the past while preparing for the future.

Intriguing and occasionally grotesque statues adorn the front doors of the Scheepsvaarthuis, at the corner of Prins Henrikkade and Binnenkant. They are the 20th century equivalent of medieval gargoyles, I suppose. Kind of Art Nouveau, I think.

The lead architect for the building was Johan van der Mey (1878-1949), although he had the assistance of others members of the "Amsterdam School" as well. Originally used as offices, a large portion of the block has been converted to a five-star luxury hotel, the "Hotel Amrath."

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  • Written Aug 29, 2008
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