In less than a week, my hometown Dordrecht is participating again in the biggest heritage event of the year: the Heritage Open Days! And like every year, I prepare my visits in advance once the program has been released. The booklet includes a map, a list of all open monuments and all activities scheduled for the weekend.
After carefully studying this year’s program I noticed that many of the monuments I visited in previous years are not participating while only one potentially interesting monument has been added: Galerie Wijnstraat at Wijnstraat 178.
For me personally, it is not such a bad thing that there aren’t many new Art Nouveau buildings on the list this year. I have my weekend cut out for me already as I have taken it upon me to organize a Restoration Fair on Saturday! I have been preparing the Fair for weeks, gathered all sorts of craftsmen and besieged the local press. My aim is to show the world, and in particular the owners of monuments, that there are still many skilled craftspeople who can assist them with their restoration projects.
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.
The monuments that you must see from the inside are 19, 35, 55 and 58. In case you don’t have enough time to visit all these monuments, you might want to skip numbers 01, 03 and 65. The remaining numbers can be viewed (at any day) from the outside as only their facade is Art Nouveau.
|01||Antonius Kerk||Burg. de Raadtsingel 45||Art Nouveau altar by August van Os|
|03||Atelier Gerhard Lentink||Wijnstraat 119||1906, Architect unknown|
|19||De Onbeschaamde||Wijnstraat 123||1910 renovation by Architect B. van Bilderbeek|
|21||Distillery Rutte & Zn.||Vriesestraat 130||Shop front 1903-1905, Architect unknown|
|29||Galerie Wijnstraat||Wijnstraat 178||Shop front, Architect unknown|
|35||Huys Roodenburch||Wijnstraat 153||1920 renovation by Architect C.J.J. Tenenti|
|55||Remonstrantse Kerk||Cornelis de Wittstraat 28||1901, Architect H.A. Reus|
|58||City Hall||Stadhuisplein 1||1912-1921, Kennedy Hall by Reinier Kennedy|
|63||Veilinghuis MAK||Visstraat 25||1901 Auction House by Architect H.A. Reus|
|65||Villa Beukenhof||Singel 87||±1895, Garden Cupola with Art Nouveau elements|
(* Numbers are corresponding with the numbers in the 2016 leaflet)
The most spectacular monuments missing from this year’s list are Huis Cronenburch, Gallery Schaeffer, Boumanhuis GGZ at Kuipershaven 40, Spaar Bank at Johan de Wittstraat 2 and SBK Dordrecht at Voorstraat 180.
The so-called ‘Open Monumentendag’, a national event, takes place on 10 & 11 September 2016. Most of the monuments are otherwise closed to the general 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 2016 Heritage Open Days in Dordrecht!
If you want to locate Art Nouveau buildings near you, check out the official Heritage Open Days website and type Jugendstil or Art Nouveau in the ‘Trefwoord’ box.