Brugwachtershuisje Scharrebiersluis

Kadijksplein – Rapenburgsluis
Publieke Werken o.l.v. W.A. de Graaf
Gemeente Amsterdam

Small scale heritage

The Scharrebiersluis, a steel drawbridge over Nieuwe Herengracht near Kadijksplein, was designed under the direction of W.A. de Graaf at the city’s public works department and has national listed status.

Originally, a wooden bridge control building stood next to the bridge but in 1906 this was replaced by a brick building. With its sober form and simple brickwork, the Scharrebier house was clearly designed before the exuberance of the Amsterdam School.
The original barriers for road traffic have been preserved, nevertheless they lower modern barriers when the bridge is open. The bridge takes its name from a type of beer, Scharrebier, which was traditionally drunk by workmen. It used to be sold on this bridge because there were often large numbers of workmen here. (ARCAM/space&matter)