Hoofdpostkantoor - Amsterdam
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N 52° 22.413 E 004° 53.434
31U E 628699 N 5804268
Quick Description: The Hoofdpostkantoor is the former Amsterdam Main Post Office. It is now the home of the Magna Plaza shopping mall.
Location: Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 6:59:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQMD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dreamhummie
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Long Description:
"The Former Amsterdam Main Post Office, currently a shopping mall known as Magna Plaza, is a monumental building located at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182, Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was built in 1895–1899 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style. The building has been a rijksmonument since July 9, 1974, and is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.

History

The Main Post Office was built in the period 1895–1899, designed by Cornelis Peters. It replaced the Royal Post Office from 1854, built by Frederik Willem Conrad and Cornelis Outshoorn, which served as a gallery shortly before being taken down in 1897.

Exterior

The brick exterior is heavily decorated with variations of dimension stone, and framings for all windows and doors. Across the roof edges are a large number of dormers, each with their own crow-stepped gable. Due to the pear shaped crowns on top of the towers the building is colloquially named ‘Perenburg’ (English: pearburg).

Interior

The building's interior consists of a central hall with galleries on two upper floors, surrounded by arcades and crowned by a sunroof. The public function of the building was limited to the ground floor, while the rest of the building was only accessible to personnel of the PTT. In 1987 the PTT announced that it intended to vacate the building and it was sold the next year for ƒ 7,5 million (about € 3,2 million) to a Swedish real estate developer, who intended to repurpose the building as a luxurious shopping mall. Maintaining and optimally using the monumental building was a main criterion. The construction started in February 1991. The exterior work was mostly limited to cleaning, repair and restoration of the facades. The interior of the building was completely rebuilt, maintaining the carrying structures and decorative elements."

--Wikipedia (visit link)
Monument Number: 5989

Address of this Rijksmonument:
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182 1012 SJ Amsterdam The Netherlands


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Is This Rijksmonument open to the public ?: yes

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