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Art Deco in Gronigen (iv)

This shop has good glazing:-

Art Deco Glazing, Groningen

The window has a lovely curve:-

Art Deco Shop Glazing, Groningen

Great horizontals here and the ironwork is delightful:-

Art Deco Styling, Groningen

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:-

Art Deco Style, Groningen

More rule of three on windows, upper detailing and ironwork on roof:-

Art Deco Style Shop, Groningen

Groningen University, Groningen, The Netherlands

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:-

Groningen University Tower

Groningen University lower view

Groningen University Building

Check out the astounding number of bicycles outside it:-

Bikes outside Groningen University

Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast is in Groningen province.

This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-

Art Deco Style House, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Other angle:-

Art Deco Style, Grootegast, The Netherlands

A more typical Dutch style house:-

House in Grootegast, The Netherlands


House Detail, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-

Grootegast War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Memorial pedestal:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Dutch East Indies Memorial:-

Grootegast War 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.

Dutch Curiosities

This is a converted windmill in Marum, Groningen Province, The Netherlands:-

Ex-windmill, Marum, Groningen, The Netherlands

This one’s for you, Denis. A Monkey-puzzle tree – or Araucaria to give it its botanical name – also in Marum:-

Monkey Puzzle Tree, Marum

Doezum, The Netherlands

Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-

Art Deco House, Doezum, Groningen, The Netherlands

Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-

Front View, Art Deco House, Doezum

Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-

Other View Art Deco House, Doezum

There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-

Doezum Art Deco Style

Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-

Doezum Art Deco Detail

Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-

Doezum War Memorial

Doezum War Memorial 2

Drachten, Friesland, The Netherlands

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:-

Building in Drachten, The Netherlands

Drachten, The Netherlands

I liked these stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass, Drachten, The Netherlands

It’s the curve that gives this the deco look but the rest seems too modern:-

Deco Style, Drachten, The Netherlands

These houses have the look:-

Deco Style Houses, Drachten, The Netherlands

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:-

Art Deco Style, Drachten, The Netherlands Drachten 13

Surhuisterveen, Friesland, The Netherlands

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.

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 1

Detailing on roof corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen Detail

This former bank is a modern building but with decoish aspects:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 33

Aspect round the corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen, Gable

Deco style stained glass window. Mondrian-like:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 5

We had arrived just in time for Dutch Remebrance Day (May 5th I think.) I prefer their wreaths to the British poppy-heavy ones:-

Surhuisterveen Remembrance Wreaths


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.

Naarden 1

Right by the church was this statue of the man known as the father of modern education, Jan Comenius, who is buried in Naarden:-

Statue of Jan Comenius, Naarden, Netherlands

Here’s a flavour of the fortification earthworks and surrounding canal/moat:-

Naarden Fortifications Stitch

Naarden Fortifications 6

Naarden Fortifications 5

Naarden Fortifications 4

Some of the houses had an Art Deco feel, especially in the stained glass, but which may have been just Dutch:-

Naarden Stained Glass Window

Naarden Stained Glass Window

Naarden Stained Glass

There was more than a hint of deco about this doorway canopy and fanlights in “rule of three”:-

Naarden Art Deco Style

I think this may have been the old gateway to the town:-

Naarden 14

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.

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

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:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke, Flanders, Belgium

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke,

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:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke

Other angle:-

Art Deco Building Zonnebeeke

From rear:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Cloth Hall, Ypres: In Flanders Fields Museum

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.)

Cloth Hall, Ypres

The mediƦval 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.

Cloth Hall fountains

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:-

Ypres Memorial

And this commemorates the liberation of Ypres by Polish troops in 1944:-

WW 2 Liberation Plaque, Ypres

The Cloth Hall now houses In Flanders Fields Museum, formerly the Ypres Salient Memorial Museum:-

In Flanders Fields Museum

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