BUILDINGS IN AMSTERDAM
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Keizersgracht 174-176/Leliegracht, Amsterdam
Gerrit van Arkel
Cornelis Wegener Sleeswijk
Herman Hendrik Baanders
PUBLICATIONS:Bibliotheek voor Moderne Hollandsche Architectuur, deel 3-2, G. van Arkel, 1917; de Architect 1982-11; Ons Amsterdam 2000-10
This office building for the First Dutch Life Insurance Bank took the place of three canal houses. Van Arkel designed a chunky Art Nouveau building seven storeys high. As late as 1963 it was reviled as 'an architectural monstrosity with its garish colours and tile picture'. Salient points are the detailed entrance in gilded brick and the said tile picture in the tower. At the end of the 1960s the building was enlarged on both sides by C. Wegener Sleeswijk, thereby effecting a gradual transition from its high blind sidewalls to the less-tall neighbouring canal houses.