Work on the 19th century


The 24th ‘Open Monumentendag’ (Heritage Open Days) will take place in Amsterdam on 11 and 12 September. It is a unique opportunity to have a look inside buildings that are not normally open to the public. Some 60 listed buildings will open their doors for free during that weekend. This year’s theme is ‘the taste of the 19th century’. On the evening before this event, ARCAM is hosting a debate about the restoration of nineteenth-century buildings.

Five high-profile nineteenth-century buildings in Amsterdam will be examined: the Rijksmuseum, the Stadsschouwburg, the Stedelijk Museum, Centraal Station and the pavilions in Artis. Complex building tasks in which the intervention ranges from restoration to radical modernization. In addition, the approach to the nineteenth-century architectural heritage is different in each case. With the revival of interest in the nineteenth century and with the restoration and modernization of a number of major nineteenth-century buildings currently underway, one can’t help wondering whether there is sufficient know-how and whether this know-how is being optimally utilized.

Various professionals and other involved parties will take part in the debate, chaired by ARCAM’s director Maarten Kloos, including architectural office Cruz y Ortiz, Jan Benthem and Mels Crouwel (Benthem Crouwel Architekten), emeritus professor Prof. Dr. Marita Mathijsen-Verkooijen (professor of Modern Dutch Literature, UvA), Dr. Petra Brouwer (university lecturer in modern architectural history, theory and city planning, UvA) and Prof. Dr. Erik de Jong (extraordinary professor of Culture, Landscape and Nature, UvA; the ‘Artis chair’). All of them are involved in one of the building projects. In addition, representatives of housing associations, the city council and cultural institutions will also have their say. The speakers will relate their experiences and will enter into debate with each other and the audience.

Location: Royal Theatre Carré
14.30: doors open
15.00: start debate
16.45: end
Entrance is free.

Spoken language is Dutch.