Coolsingel 40, Rotterdam
Johan Thorn Prikker
PUBLICATIONS:Bouwkundig Weekblad 1913 p. 291; Architectuur Rotterdam 1890-1945, 1991; H. Baaij, J. Oudenaarden - Monumenten uit Rotterdam, 1992; M. Beerman, F. van Burkom, F. Grijzenhout (red.) - Beeldengids van Nederland, Rotterdam 1994; H. Timmer - Henri Evers 1855-1929, 1997
Post Office Rotterdam
The City Hall and the post office were built when the waters of Coolsingel were exchanged for a road and 't Zand (the red light district) was demolished. In 1913 a limited entry competition among seven architects to design a city hall was won by the neo-Renaissance submission by Henri Evers, who had in fact organized the competition. The building comprises four wings four storeys high about a public court; the overall shape is a rectangle of 86 x 106 metres. Presiding over the City Hall is a 71 metre high tower in reinforced concrete above the main lobby. The building's exterior is dominated by the sandstone of the elevations and the tall pyramidal slate roofs.