OFFICE BUILDING DE HOLLAND VAN 1859 (ONDERWIJSMUSEUM)
S. VAN RAVESTEYN, 1937-1939, Burgemeester de Raadtsingel 97, Dordrecht
Bierman Henket architecten
Sybold van Ravesteyn
Willem van Kuilenburg
Museums and exhibition buildings
Several enclosed offices and a large open work zone occupying most of the ground floor are reached from a circular glass hall. A monumental stair leads to an oval conference room on the roof. At the rear is a semi-circular porter's residence. With this building, extravagantly decorated both inside and out, Van Ravesteyn broke for good with his earlier, more functionalist style. Just as his building was approaching the 50-year mark and the chance of listed status, it was subjected to a catastrophic Hi-Techy hatchet job. It is hard to imagine a more horrendous example of maltreatment of a latterday monument. With the transformation to Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum the building has regained its lost splendour.