Facades with a Story

The façades in Veenhuizen are in a class of their own. Their architecture is unique; as are their inscriptions. Who lived in the square-shaped barracks-like asylums? How could you tell the ranks of the inhabitants from looking at the staff residences, what do names such as the Houtjesplein and Klein Soestdijk refer to?

If you want to know more about the monumental buildings in Veenhuizen, then the varied architectural walk Van Gevel naar Gevel (From Façade to Façade) is a must. This route passes unique monuments with names that often speak for themselves. The lepers’ house, the ice dome, the steam cotton mill, the synagogue… these are clear reference to their functions. Sometimes there are even references to their inhabitants: this is clearly evident when you examine the edifying inscriptions of many buildings. For instance, the chemist lived in Bitter en Zoet (Bitter and Sweet) and Opvoeding (Education) was inhabited by the teacher. The physician lived in Toewijding (Dedication); the head of the hospital and the superintendent of buildings, very fittingly, lived in the Contrôle (Inspection) building.

Walking past the facades of Veenhuizen, long bygone times come to life. The route booklet Van Gevel naar Gevel is full of interesting information about the monuments on the route. The booklet is available at the Tourist Info Point.