Some 100 post-WWII buildings are to be added to the roll call of listed monuments by cultural minister Ronald Plasterk. It is the first time monuments dating from the post-war reconstruction period have been designated as listed monuments.
If parliament agrees, then the Groothandelsgebouw in Rotterdam and the NS train station in Zutphen will be among those listed.
Not all the nominations are standard buildings however. Plasterk has also placed Hoogovens steel works in IJmuiden, the war memorial on the Dam in Amsterdam, the military graveyard in Bloemendaal and the radio telescope in Dwingeloo on his list.
There are also a remarkable number of churches, like the Adventkerk in Aerdenhout and the Church of the Resurrection, known to Amsterdammers as the ‘coal scuttle’, in Amsterdam-West.
A lot of churches were built in the post-war period in the hope they would provide a focus for social cohesion in new housing areas, architectural historian Anita Blom told Monday’s Trouw. ‘This became even more important during the Cold War as a counterbalance to communism,’ she says.
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