NH Hotel Centre, Amsterdam, Holland

F. Kuipers
Date Built
Stadhouderskade 7
This building on Stadhoudskade has a classic fa├žade in the Amsterdamse School style.  Today it is home to the NH Amsterdam Centre Hotel but, apparently, it was originally the Central Building of the Amsterdam Society for Young Men" (AMVJ).  The AMVJ was the Dutch equivalent of the American YMCA.  Plans to build a new facility for the group were announced in 1919.  The organizations website explains that, "On May 11, 1928 the beautiful building at Leiden Boschje near Leidseplein was ready to be put into use. AJMV left their old building at 10-12 Wanningstraat and exchanged it for the Central Building. .... the Central Building includes housing for 120 members, 80 rooms for accommodation, rooms for the leadership and administration, large and small conference rooms, reading room, music room, rooms for various clubs, the first local 25 meter pool, gymnasium , billiards room, bowling alley, restaurant and lunchroom."  The AJMV sold the building in 1981.


The statue that occupies the corner of the building is by Louis van der Noordaa and is intended to suggests the New World,

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