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Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins

 
 
Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
1. Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins Marker
Inscription. [Top panel:]

Architect A.C. Boerma (1852-1908)
Opdrachtgever dhr. Van Ballgooyen
Bouwjaar 1884

Het 'huis met de kabouters' is een groep van drie etagewoningen uit 1884, ontworpen door A.C. Boerma, en kenmerkt zich door de bijzondere toepassing van vormgeving en materialen. De combinatie van neogotische elementen als spitsbogen en spuwers met kruiskozijnen, natuurstenen blokken en het houtsnijwerk bij de overstekende kappen is opvallend. Opmerkelijk zijn vooral de kabouters die elkaar vanaf de daklijsten een bal lijken toe te werpen.

[Bottom panel:]

Architect A.C. Boerma
Commissioned by mr. Van Ballgooyen
Year of Construction 1884

The huis met de kabouters (house with the hobgoblins) is a group of three apartments from 1884, designed by A.C. Boerma and characterized by the unusual use of form and materials. The combination of Gothic Revival elements such as pointed arches and gargoyles with four-paned windows, natural stone blocks and the woodcarving on the jutting roofs is striking. A particularly remarkable feature is the hobgoblins that seem to be throwing a ball to one another from atop the cornices.
 
Erected by I Amsterdam.
 
Location. 52° 21.359′ 
Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
2. Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins Marker - Wide View
The marker is barely visible here, just to the left of the rightmost entrance on the building.
N, 4° 54.265′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is on Ceintuurbaan just west of Amsterldijk, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 255 Ceintuurbaan, Amsterdam, North Holland 1074, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polderhuisje (Polder House) (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Herman Gorter (about 240 meters away); Aart Klein (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Badhuis Diamantbuurt (Public Baths) (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Christiaan Andriessen (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Organized Resistance - the Free Groups of Amsterdam (approx. one kilometer away); Walter Süskind (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Ferdinand Bol (approx. 1.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Also see . . .  Huis met kabouters (house with the hobgoblins) (I Amsterdam). (Submitted on December 8, 2016.)
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
3. Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins
Visible here on the left side of the roofline are two hobgoblins, with a gryphon on the top right of the roofline.

There are plenty of stories surrounding the reason for the green hobgoblins. These stories vary from the client’s surname (Van Ballegooyen translates roughly as ‘of ball-throwing’) to the way in which the construction of the houses came about: the collaboration between two contractors who kept ‘passing the ball’ to one another, so to speak....The hobgoblins have always appealed to the children of De Pijp, as it seems to be a mystery as to which hobgoblin has the ball. The ball is supposed to be thrown by the hobgoblins in secret, but it is not clear whether this happens at midnight, on New Year’s Eve or during leap years. -- I Amsterdam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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