In the second half of the 19th century, a swampy piece of land bordering on the then newly built Vondelpark was the site of rapid urban development, eventually becoming Amsterdam West. Housing in the area would come to include both inexpensive flats as well as luxury residences for the city's elite. With the addition of facilities such as factories, schools, a horse tram depot and riding school, what emerged was a varied and leafy residential area.

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