(photo via gertvr)
Over the centuries, the Dutch have built a number of gasthuizen, which were homes for the poor, elderly, orphans, and the sick. Many of those buildings still survive and are now private homes. They run the gamut of architectural styles, depending on when they were built.
The Hiëronymus Gasthuis was commissioned by the Roman Catholic Parochial Poor Relief. It was built in a Gothic Revival style by Alfred Tepe between 1874 and 1877. When I saw the architect’s name, I knew I’d come across it before. My love of Dracula lore means that I make the quick association between Tepe and Tepes, AKA Vlad Tepes. Add in the Gothic Revival style and the time period during which Tepe worked, and it’s no surprise that his name has stuck in my brain. I’ve even mentioned him here before, as he was the architect of Sint Willibrordkerk, the church with the beautifully colored interior.
As for the Hiëronymus Gasthuis, by 2001, the Catholics were looking to find the building a new purpose. It underwent massive renovation and was transformed into luxury homes. The building is just across a small bridge called the Abstederbrug, near the Centraal Museum and at the end of the Nieuwegracht. The bridge crosses over the Tolsteeg-/Maliesingel, part of the canal that rings the old city center. The bridge is where you’ll also find the statue of the dog, Biru.