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Heumensebaan 2, Molenhoek
Henri Leeuw jr.
PUBLICATIONS:Architectuur en stedebouw in Limburg 1850-1940, 1994; Het Monumentenboek; F. van Burkom e.a. (red) - Leven in toen, 2001
Set at the highest point of Mookerheide country estate, the hunting lodge was commissioned by the weathly Nijmegen banker Jan J. Luden van Heumen. The white rendered exterior is an abstract-geometric take on Art Nouveau. But it is inside that the architects really go to town. At the building's centre is the main hall with its stairwell and stained-glass window depicting Hubert of Liège, the patron saint of hunting (see also Hunting Lodge St.-Hubertus). The ceiling is emblazoned with the signs of the zodiac and there are winged lions on corbels. Equipped with then-modern conveniences including electricity, central heating and an internal telephone system, the house was at one time a home for girls with emotional and behavioural difficulties and is now a hotel and restaurant.