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Cityhall dates from 1810 dand is dominating the Grote Markt.
At the end of the 18th century cityhall was a collection of old buildings. They were not practical and too old. In 1774 a competition was announced to design a new cityhall.
The competition rules told where the building was going to be, it had to be a rectangle building of about 35 by 32 meter, built around a courtyard and 3 story high. The facade had to have a row of columns and stairs. Also it had to be in natural stone.
In 1775 35 entries were judged. Jacob
Otten Husly(1738-1796) won the contest. But was told his design would be modified. Some other designs were used for this modification. The original design was a bit more playfull and not so static. In 1777 the new design of Otten Husly was approved. Cityhall of Groningen was completed in 1810, 36 years after the competition was announced.
Address: Grote Markt 1
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