Drift 17


I love this building for its fabulous shutters and for the section with the stair-step rooftop. The whole facade has so much character. The house was built in 1591 for Gilles van Ledenberg (ca. 1548-1619). A Dutch statesman, he started life as the son of an illiterate bricklayer, but eventually became a friend of Johan van Oldebarnevelt. Through a few well-heeled marriages, he became fairly wealthy and was able to build this house.

Looking through some other photos I found online, the interior of the building is quite stunning, with a stained-glass ceiling light, and some beautiful carved wood staircases, among other decorative features. I don’t know how much of the interior is original, as the building went through a complete renovation in 1900, but it’s still lovely either way. It’s now part of the University, but is open on occasion during the Open Monument Day. I’ll have to visit it if it’s open the next time.