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In less than two weeks, 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 map that includes the list of open monuments and activities scheduled for the weekend has unfortunately not yet been released. But once its availabe, I will add it here immediately.

After carefully studying the new program I noticed that there is not much different compared to the previous year. You could basically follow my tips from 2016.

Huis Roodenburch, Wijnstraat 153, Dordrecht

Huis Roodenburch, Wijnstraat 153, Dordrecht

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 & Crafts 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.

Voorstraat 180, Dordrecht - detail

Voorstraat 180, Dordrecht

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 15, 31, 48 and 53, with number 48 at the top of your list! In case you don’t have enough time to visit all these monuments, you might want to skip numbers 01, 03 and 60. The remaining numbers can be viewed (at any day) from the outside as only their facade is Art Nouveau.

Nr* Object Name Address Remarks
01 Antonius Kerk Burg. de Raadtsingel 45 Art Nouveau altar by August van Os
03 Atelier Gerhard Lentink Wijnstraat 119 1906, Architect unknown
15 De Onbeschaamde Wijnstraat 123 1910 renovation by Architect B. van Bilderbeek
17 Distillery Rutte & Zn. Vriesestraat 130 Shop front 1903-1905, Architect unknown
26 Galerie Wijnstraat Wijnstraat 178 Shop front, 1918, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti
31 Huys Roodenburch Wijnstraat 153 1919 renovation by Architect C.J.J. Tenenti
48 Remonstrantse Kerk Cornelis de Wittstraat 28 1901, Architect H.A. Reus
49 SBK Dordrecht Voorstraat 180 1902, Architect C.J.J. Tenenti
53 City Hall Stadhuisplein 1 1912-1921, Kennedy Hall by Reinier Kennedy
60 Villa Beukenhof Singel 87 ±1895, Garden Cupola with Art Nouveau elements
69 Veilinghuis MAK Visstraat 25 1901 Auction House by Architect H.A. Reus
(* Numbers are corresponding with the numbers in the 2017 leaflet)

The most spectacular monuments missing from this year’s list are Huis Cronenburch, Boumanhuis GGZ at Kuipershaven 40 and Spaar Bank at Johan de Wittstraat 2.

Interior, Remonstrantse Kerk, Dordrecht

Interior, Remonstrantse Kerk, Dordrecht

The so-called ‘Open Monumentendag’, a national event, takes place on 9 & 10 September 2017. 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 2017 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.

A more general booklet about monuments in Dordrecht was developed in 2015. It is available for free at the Tourist Information Office.

Galerie Wijnstraat
Monumenten in Dordrecht
Open Monumentendag
Openmonumentendag Dordrecht