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<CENTER> <div style='background color=azure'><BR><FONT FACE='TEKTON'SIZE='4'COLOR='PURPLE'> <strong>Dutch houses in Potsdam</strong><BR>In 1732, after the Prusian king Friedrich Wilhelm I had visited The Netherlands, he insisted on having Dutch building-contractors to built a quarter in a swampy area of Potsdam. Not only because he had such a faith in their building insights, also because the king thought that some Dutch immigrants were needed in Potsdam. He expected that they would have a favourable influence on the economy. Where else would these colonists rather live than in pure Dutch brick houses with a clock facade, tiffany windows and red brown panels?<BR>Only 24 families settled and most of them returned to the Netherlands rather quickly. Despite that fact the 134 houses still stand, although many are empty and rotting away. In 1990 was started with raising funds to restore the quarter.<BR>Dutch builders had built before in East Germany. After 1750 they builded palaces for two daughters of the Dutch municipal Frederik Hendrik of Orange and Amalia Solms. Both daughters had married with German princes, something more Dutch royalty would do in the years after.<BR>Louise Henriette of Orange and her prince moved into the palace Oranienburg and her sister Henriette Catharina and her spouse lived in Oranienbaum, a palace in a village that had the same name, between Dessau and Wittenberg.<BR>Oranienbaum still seems to be perfect and is a pure typical Dutch building, and has a strong resemblance with the palace Noordeinde in The Hague.<BR>Oranienburg, somewhat north of Berlin, has been successively since 1700 a cotton factory, a plant for acid, a school, SS-barracks, a Russian barracks and finally the shelter for border police. All that off course is no good for a palace.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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