Foto 2.34 Revisited

Shutters
You knew I couldn’t resist finding out more about these houses. The Bruntskameren (Brunt Rooms) in the Bruntenhof date back to 1621. One source said they were part of a hospice, but Wikipedia says they were built by attorney Frederick Brunt as free homes for poor widows. There’s a garden area behind the houses, which includes a statue of modern Dutch writer C.C.S. Crone. The decorative doorway that I mentioned is a bit of baroque frill.

As always, I love seeing old buildings still being used, and it’s wonderful getting to discover these little nuggets of history.

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2 thoughts on “Foto 2.34 Revisited

  1. These houses are nice! I also like digging a bit into the past and enjoy learning bits and pieces of history of the places I visit.
    It’s very nice to see old buildings like these still in use, indeed. I can’t help feeling sad when I think of what happens back in my own country, where buildings of the late 19th or early 20th century are pulled down bec. “they’re old”……

  2. Hofjes are in abundance in Haarlem and most were built for poor widows by a wealthy person. The only exception is the hof where the Frans Hals Musuem is housed, that one was for poor widowers.

    Here is a link from Wikipedia that has them all on a list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofjes_in_Haarlem

    And most of them are really nice, they are a little gem in the middle of a busy city. Also most aren’t that noticeable when you walk by.

    Oh and over a week is the Open Monumentendag weekend again!

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