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Oud-West

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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Hollandsche Manege

The chic Vondelstraat (street) on the fringe of the Rij- en Wandelpark, was the perfect location for a horse riding school for the elite. To this end,...

Werfgebouw Vondelpark

The ‘Vereeniging’ (Association) initially rented the grass areas for sheep grazing, but when this appeared to generate limited profits, it turned to c...

P.W. Janssenhofje

The German namesake of the P.W. Janssenhofje (courtyard) became rich from the tobacco trade and placed a part of his wealth in charitable works. Among...

Bellamyplein

The area around the current Bellamyplein (square) used to be a rural, water rich area with sawmills and polder houses. From 1880, building work gradua...

GVB-gebouw

Prior to 1900, public transport in Amsterdam was run by different private companies. The Municipality of Amsterdam took over these companies in 1899 a...

Het Sieraad

Het Sieraad (the jewel), originally a school to learn particular crafts, is a striking example of the Amsterdamse Schoolstijl (architectural style). T...

Blauwe Theehuis

The Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Tea House), in the functional architecture style, is much more recent than the Vondelpark. Tea houses had stood on this site...

Villa Nieuw Leyerhoven

Pierre Cuypers, who designed the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam, also developed the Vondelstraat (street). In his design he drew the...

Bureau Verkeerswezen

Traffic in Amsterdam grew rapidly at the beginning of the twentieth century. The police needed a place where they could examine motor vehicles and wei...

Parkkerk

With its square floor plan, dark brick façade and plain decoration, the Parkkerk (church) resembles a traditional Protestant church which emphasises t...

Vondelkerk

Pierre Cuypers, who designed the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam, also developed the Vondelstraat (street). In his design he drew the...