In less than two weeks, Dordrecht is participating again in the biggest heritage event of the year. Dordrecht Marketing has sent me the new brochure; we can start our preparations. This year though, the format of the brochure has changed. It is no longer printed specifically for the upcoming Heritage Open Days; It is merely an all-purpose booklet with roughly 70 of our most important monuments. For the Heritage Open Days, yet another leaflet will be printed which includes a map and a list of all activities that will take place in the second weekend in September, the so called ‘Open Monumentendagen’.
I have studied the list and noticed that some of the monuments I visited in previous years are no longer participating while only one potentially interesting monument has been added.
The most important monument missing this year is ‘t Huys Cronenburch (1907), at Wijnstraat 134. It was part of the program two years ago, but only with a limited number of guided tours. I was one of the lucky people who got to see the inside. Another lacking monument is Gallery Schaeffer (1916), at Groenmarkt 78-80. The interior isn’t particularly spectacular, but it is still a shame that you can’t see it. However, if you are here already, you must go see the outside; I personally find the stone facade of the building stunningly beautiful.
New on the list is the Ambachtsschool, designed in 1913 by B. van Bilderbeek and built in 1918/19. This school has been obsolete for quite a few years and is currently being transformed into an apartment building. I absolutely want to go and see the inside of the building as this might be the last chance. Once the apartments are ready, I don’t expect to be able to get inside again.
The following list contains the monuments that I find relevant on our ‘Journey into getting to know Art Nouveau’. For your convenience, I have hyperlinked the addresses that I have previously written about. In case you don’t have enough time to visit all these monuments, you might want to skip numbers 29, 46 and 67.
|01||Ambachtsschool||Reeweg Oost 123||1913-1918, Architect B. van Bilderbeek|
|02||St. Antonius Kerk||Burg. de Raadtsingel 45||Art Nouveau altar by August van Os|
|15||Distillery Rutte & Zn.||Vriesestraat 130||Shop front 1903-1905, Architect unknown|
|29||Huys Roodenburch||Wijnstraat 153||1920 renovation by Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|36||Boumanhuis GGZ||Kuipershaven 40||1903, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|40||Spaar Bank||Johan de Wittstraat 2||1912, Art Nouveau Elements|
|46||In Vino Veritas||Binnen Walevest 157||1899, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|54||Remonstrantse Kerk||Cornelis de Wittstraat 28||1901, Architect H.A. Reus|
|56||SBK Dordrecht||Voorstraat 180||1902, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|60||Stadhuis||Stadhuisplein 1||1912-1921, Kennedyzaal|
|67||Villa Beukenhof||Singel 87||±1895, Garden Cupola with Jugendstil elements|
|Gallery Schaeffer||Groenmarkt 78-80||1916, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|Atelier Gerhard Lentink||Wijnstraat 119||1906, Architect unknown|
(* Numbers are corresponding with the numbers in the guidebook)
The event, a national event, takes place on 12 & 13 September 2015. Most of the monuments are otherwise closed for public, therefore this event is a unique opportunity to see some spectacular heritage sites. I hope my list can help you prepare and enjoy the 2015 Heritage Open Days in Dordrecht!
Monumenten in Dordrecht
Guidebook Open Monumentendagen 2014 Dordrecht in PDF
Guidebook Open Monumentendagen 2015 Amsterdam in PDF
Guidebook Open Monumentendagen 2015 Rheden-Rozendaal in PDF TIP!
Program Open Monumentendagen 2015 Assen in PDF