Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 19:55 on 8 December 2016
This shop has good glazing:-
The window has a lovely curve:-
Great horizontals here and the ironwork is delightful:-
There was some sort of annual celebration going on in early May so this is mostly hidden by a roller coaster. “Rule of three” in the gable windows though:-
More rule of three on windows, upper detailing and ironwork on roof:-
Posted in Architecture, Trips at 10:00 on 5 December 2016
I was told when we were there that this is the oldest building in Groningen. How true that is I don’t actually know. It’s a fine building anyway but there wasn’t enough space to back into to get it all in one and we were pushed for time:-
Check out the astounding number of bicycles outside it:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, War Memorials at 10:00 on 4 December 2016
Grootegast is in Groningen province.
This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-
A more typical Dutch style house:-
Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-
Dutch East Indies Memorial:-
Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.
Posted in Architecture, Curiosities, Trips at 10:00 on 3 December 2016
This is a converted windmill in Marum, Groningen Province, The Netherlands:-
This one’s for you, Denis. A Monkey-puzzle tree – or Araucaria to give it its botanical name – also in Marum:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, War Memorials at 19:00 on 1 December 2016
Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-
Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-
Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-
There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-
Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-
Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 20:00 on 30 November 2016
Drachten is a sizable town in the province of Friesland in The Netherlands.
Like most Dutch towns (I concede Frisians might not quite consider themselves Dutch) it contains buildings which verge on Art Deco in style:-
I liked these stained glass windows:-
It’s the curve that gives this the deco look but the rest seems too modern:-
These houses have the look:-
This is certainly more like it. Art Deco “rule of three” in the windows, plus the roofline stepped at the ends and the detailing in the brickwork:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips, War Memorials at 19:49 on 28 November 2016
I have posted about Surhuisterveen before, here and here.
This May we were there again and I saw some deco style buildings I’d missed in 2104.
Detailing on roof corner:-
This former bank is a modern building but with decoish aspects:-
Aspect round the corner:-
Deco style stained glass window. Mondrian-like:-
We had arrived just in time for Dutch Remebrance Day (May 5th I think.) I prefer their wreaths to the British poppy-heavy ones:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 12:00 on 26 November 2016
On our way back from Ypres to the north of The Netherlands we stopped off at the small town of Naarden.
It’s a stunning place, built as a fortress surrounded by fortifications which stick out into a canal acting as a moat giving the whole the appearance of a many pointed star – and apparently only the one road in or out crossing the moat/canal.
It has typical Dutch streets. The day we visited was a national holiday by the time we got there it was late afternoon so it wasn’t very busy.
Right by the church was this statue of the man known as the father of modern education, Jan Comenius, who is buried in Naarden:-
Here’s a flavour of the fortification earthworks and surrounding canal/moat:-
Some of the houses had an Art Deco feel, especially in the stained glass, but which may have been just Dutch:-
There was more than a hint of deco about this doorway canopy and fanlights in “rule of three”:-
I think this may have been the old gateway to the town:-
A delightful wee place, but it’s not as unique as you might think. There is another such canal/moat surrounded Dutch town. Its near the German border and called Bourtange; but we didn’t get to there.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Modern Architecture, Museums, Trips at 17:00 on 21 November 2016
I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-
Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-
Posted in Architecture, History, Museums, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 on 9 November 2016
With the possible exception of Saint Martin’s Cathedral, the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) is the most imposing building in the city of Ypres (Ieper) in Flanders, Belgium. (The cathedral’s spire can be seen to the rear.)
The mediæval Cloth Hall was all but totally destroyed by shelling during the Great War but lovingly restored in the years after.
There is now a lovely fountain in the paving at the front of the Hall.
Flanking one of the doors to the Cloth Hall are two memorials. This one is to the French soldiers who died in defence of Ypres during the Great War:-
And this commemorates the liberation of Ypres by Polish troops in 1944:-
The Cloth Hall now houses In Flanders Fields Museum, formerly the Ypres Salient Memorial Museum:-