|Commisioner||August Volmer (American Hotel)|
|Accessible||Tram 1-2-5-6-7-10; bus 145-170-171-172-197.|
|More||Ida Jager, Willem Kromhout Czn., 1864-1940, p.26-41, Rotterdam 1992.|
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Monumental hotel with restaurant and cafe-hall
The American Hotel dates from 1900-1902. The yellow brick building is freestanding on three sides. Originally, it had an L-shaped floor plan with wings on Leidseplein. In 1927/1928, G.J. Rutgers added an annex on Leidsekade. Together with H.G. Jansen, Kromhout designed a building with a character all its own, a deliberate alternative to the prevailing ideas about architecture.
The architect based his design on several styles: expressionism can be found in the wrought-iron decorations and tile pictures made to a design by L. Nienhuis, the influence of Islamic architecture is discernible in the facade on Marnixstraat, the facade on Leidsekade is provided with windows with neo-Gothic tracery and on all the facades natural stone has been concealed behind brick walls – a motif derived from Berlage.