Architect: Tjeerd Kuipers (1857-1942)
Commissioned by: Samuel van Eeghen (1853-1934)
Year of construction: 1894.
The financial and cultural elite of Amsterdam was concentrated around the Vondelpark at the end of the nineteenth century. They built spacious houses with large gardens here. One of these was the banker and politician, Samuel van Eeghen. This eccentric old Indonesia hand and aviation pioneer took a cosmopolitan approach to his project. He had the architect design an ode to European building skills, possibly with the intention of submitting the design to the world exhibition in Antwerp.
View of the Zevenlandenhuizen (houses of 7 countries)
At the right, at number 20, is Germany with its large arched window and romantic tower. It is built in the Romantic style of the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century. Number 22 represents France. The architect Kuipers was clearly inspired by the Renaissance style of the castles of the Loire valley.
Spain, with its pink glazed stone and horseshoe shaped windows, reminds the viewer of the Moors. This window shape is often still found in Andalusia. Number 26 has a completely different appearance: Italy boasts a ‘palazzo’ in neo-classic style.
Tower detail, Russia House
With its onion shaped tower at number 28, Russia has traces of the Kremlin in Moscow. Number 30 represents the Netherlands and is built in Dutch Renaissance style with dark red bricks and white ornamentation above the windows. Number 30A with its classic woodwork is built in the style of an English cottage.