Those who have read my latest posts know I recently went to Amsterdam to visit my dear friend Pia. Pia had prepared me a tour along some beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of which I have already shared two spectacular ones: a bakery at Spuistraat 274 by Gerrit van Arkel, and a fish & fruits shop at Haarlemmerdijk 39, by Francois Marie Joseph Caron.
In 1900, Caron also designed the building two doors down the road – at Haarlemmerdijk 43 – supposedly for confectionery shop Dake.
On 14. October 1900, newspaper “Het Nieuws van den Dag” reported that black smoke rose up from the building while construction work was still going on. The fire brigade rushed in and found smouldering wood curls. “[..] een paar fiksche waterstralen blusschten het vuur alras. De schade is onbeteekenend.” (translation: a few brisk water jets extinguished the fire quickly. The damage is insignificant)
I am not too crazy about the orange of the woodwork, but all in all the facade is in a pretty nice shape so I am not complaining! If only all owners of monumental buildings would take such good care of our heritage…
Interesting is the plaque on the left side of the entrance saying: “First stone laid by Anthony Dake old 3 years and W.C. Roeraade old 58 years 22 Sept 1900”. This confirms the fact that the shop facade was designed for Dake. But why they asked W.C. Roeraarde, possibly their neighbour, to lay the first stone was not entirely clear to me.
Searching for information about these two families Roeraarde en Dake lead me to a person who is unraveling their genealogy. We have compared notes and concluded that the most likely scenario is this one: three-year-old Anthony Dake (born 2-7-1897) was the grandson of Wilhelmus Cornelis Roeraade (born 16-9-1867). Little Anthony’s mother Neeltje Roeraade (born 1870) was Wilhelmus Cornelis Roeraades daughter.
The fish and fruit shop at Haarlemmerdijk 39 bears the name N. Roeraade, and from several old documents we know grandpa Roeraade was a fishmonger, so we think it is very likely that grandpa Roeraade commissioned the build of that shop and gave it his daughter’s name.
We know that little Anthony’s father, Anthony Dake senior (born 23-1-1873) was a fishmonger too. He probably worked in his father-in-law’s shop. Or maybe the shop was a wedding present from grandpa Roeraade as it was commissioned in 1896, the very same year Neeltje Roeraade and Anthony Dake senior got married (20-8-1896).
The confectionary shop at Haarlemmerdijk 43 was called Dake, and as Anthony Dake already worked as a fishmonger, it is very likely that Neeltje ran the family bakery.
At the moment, I have no information about Caron other than what I wrote two weeks ago. And as the building is not registered as a monument, there’s no architectural information either. (Can you believe this is not a monument!?!?!) I did want to share my pictures of the building with you though…