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Avenue Concordia, anno 1883:


 

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You know what Frans?! ..I swear every one of these fantastic pics looks
like a painting ! :jaw: :clap2: Seriously, between the stunning landscapes, and
buildings, and architecture it’s just unreal. An artist couldn’t ask for
more eye candy, or inspiration really.

It’s remarkable ! Thanks once again for taking the time to give us
a glimpse of things there sir !!!
 

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In the Eighties of the last century demand for these houses was in decline because everything had to be 'modern' (and my home town suffered from that view as a lot of these streets were simply demolished). But now they are in very, very high demand, leading to silly money asking prices. It's not just the houses but they all have a large back-garden and the location is still somewhat tranquil compared to the city centre.

The name sounds posh (it's the only 'avenue' in Rotterdam:D) and the street always has been up-scale. Most of the houses were built by 'Bouwmaatschappij Concordia N.V.' (Concordia Building Company Ltd.) and was named after it because of the good job they did. (And probably because the owner knew Rotterdam's Mayor at the time :D).
 

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In the Eighties of the last century demand for these houses was in decline because everything had to be 'modern' (and my home town suffered from that view as a lot of these streets were simply demolished). But now they are in very, very high demand, leading to silly money asking prices. It's not just the houses but they all have a large back-garden and the location is still somewhat tranquil compared to the city centre.

The name sounds posh (it's the only 'avenue' in Rotterdam:D) and the street always has been upscale. Most of the houses were built by 'Bouwmaatschappij Concordia N.V.' (Building Company Concordia Ltd.) and was named after it because of the good job they did. (And probably because the owner knew Rotterdam's Mayor at the time :D).
Oh wow, can't imagine someone wanting to destroy those homes,
and buildings like that sir. :( It's sad how so many times it seems
like history just be disrespected, and even demolished. Fortuantely,
it sounds like it only happened a little, and not a lot. :) But yowza,
the prices evidently went 'modern' or crazy like you are saying.
At least everyone there gets to still see them, and enjoy them
from a far. :smileyface_hand_cla

Would be just the best to see them in person if you ask me. I mean
I love just learning about the houses, and learning about the history
honestly. So being there every day to appreciate them has to be THE
best Frans. ..You are very lucky !

Thanks so much for all of the insight sir !!! :smile-thumb:
 

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The Riviera Hall and (former) observation tower in Blijdorp Zoo. This Zoo, designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, consist of two areas. The first one was opened on 9 December 1940 and the second (much more modern in terms of animal well fare) was started in 1988 and is still expanding.

It's that first area that is still in my heart because my parents brought me there very often when I was still a small boy. And to my great, great joy that older area is being restored to former glory. After years of neglect, the concrete used to shape many of the buildings and bridges, pathways and other objects started to crumble and rust. The 42 metre observation tower had to be demolished of that in 1972 but there are plans to reconstruct that again using the original drawings. Oh joy!





 
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That is just the best Frans ! :happy0065: Now it sounds like everyone who
doesn't remember the older part will get to experience what you did
years back. :thumb: :) ..Plus the new part will still be there, so it will
be the best of two worlds really.

Can tell that all of you there genuinely appreciate your history, and
those buildings are a terrific example of that. I know all around the
world that various sites, and places aren't maintained. Then end up
deteriorating to the point where they have to be knocked down.
Some times they aren't even old, and they will still end up being
demolished. :eek:

So the fact that they are working so hard to restore, and bring this
part of the zoo back says a lot. It's going to be amazing when it's
finished sir !

Thank you very much for sharing !!!
 

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That is just the best Frans ! :happy0065: Now it sounds like everyone who
doesn't remember the older part will get to experience what you did
years back. :thumb: :) ..Plus the new part will still be there, so it will
be the best of two worlds really.

Can tell that all of you there genuinely appreciate your history, and
those buildings are a terrific example of that. I know all around the
world that various sites, and places aren't maintained. Then end up
deteriorating to the point where they have to be knocked down.
Some times they aren't even old, and they will still end up being
demolished. :eek:

So the fact that they are working so hard to restore, and bring this
part of the zoo back says a lot. It's going to be amazing when it's
finished sir !

Thank you very much for sharing !!!

The 1980s were devastating is this respect Tom. 'Everything had to be different'. But in reality that meant the tear down- or maiming by bad and wrong renovation of many of Rotterdam's historical boroughs and buildings. Lack of insight and funds being the main reason.

Luckily the tables have turned now and instead of tearing down buildings, they are meticiously restored (on the outside) and made modern on the inside. Here the city council and housing corporations work together. In one street they did something remarkable. One of the houses was restored to former glory so on the outside it looks just like a house. But behind that house a new low-rise appartment building was erected and the house was made into the entrance of that building. So to enter the appartment building you enter through the front door of that house and the first floor is turned into the entrance hall of the appartment building! The architect who came up with this is brilliant. Nice huh?
 

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The 1980s were devastating is this respect Tom. 'Everything had to be different'. But in reality that meant the tear down- or maiming by bad and wrong renovation of many of Rotterdam's historical boroughs and buildings. Lack of insight and funds being the main reason.

Luckily the tables have turned now and instead of tearing down buildings, they are meticiously restored (on the outside) and made modern on the inside. Here the city council and housing corporations work together. In one street they did something remarkable. One of the houses was restored to former glory so on the outside it looks just like a house. But behind that house a new low-rise appartment building was erected and the house was made into the entrance of that building. So so to enter the appartment building you enter through the front door of that house and the first floor is turned into the entrance hall of the appartment building! The architect who came up with this is brilliant. Nice huh?

You aren't kidding Frans ! So ingenious, and innovative really. :clap2:

Hopefully the trend will continue, and everyone there works together
to preserve, or at least pay tribute to the past. It's something to be
really excited about it sounds like sir, and proud of. I mean you can
just imagine all of the houses, buildings, historical, and just plain cool
structures all across the country, and how they might, or could be
preserved, and enjoyed. :thumb::thumb:

So neat hearing about all of this Frans !!! Can really tell that the
future will be bright !
 

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...In one street they did something remarkable. One of the houses was restored to former glory so on the outside it looks just like a house. But behind that house a new low-rise appartment building was erected and the house was made into the entrance of that building. So to enter the appartment building you enter through the front door of that house and the first floor is turned into the entrance hall of the appartment building! The architect who came up with this is brilliant. Nice huh?
That is very cool. I'd like to see more of that kind of thinking around here. We are losing too many beautiful old homes to characterless slab-sided boxes.
 

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SS Rotterdam by night:


 
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Whoa, this is gorgeous too Frans, and yet another picture that could be
a painting ! :smile1: ..You're eyes don't know where to go first to tell you the
truth. With that extraordinary ship trying to steel the spotlight from the
beautiful city, and city lights. ..Can just imagine how it must be there in
person.

Seriously if the picture is this impressive?!! :eek2:

Hope you don't mind if I keep staring at this for a little while. :)
 

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Frans:
Got a lesson in Dutch history courtesy Streaming TV
Seem the Dutch military was overwhelmed by the
Vermacht and Luftwaffe back in tha day. Then occupied
for years.
Enter Anne Franke sad story.

Lou Snutt
 

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Frans:
Got a lesson in Dutch history courtesy Streaming TV
Seem the Dutch military was overwhelmed by the
Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe back in tha day. Then occupied
for years.
Enter Anne Franke sad story.

Lou Snutt

Occupied for five long years and when they were finally at the verge of being driven out, they destroyed all the docks and all the cranes of Rotterdam's ports and harbours and sank ships to block the entrances. A very cowardly deed. But ages ago, we're fine now.
 

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Can't believe that picture just above Frans ! :jaw: It's like this insanely
cool maze of water, and all kinds of buldings, and skyscrapers. :cool2:

It goes on for as far as the eye can see it looks like too to be honest.
Even structures like that bridge look like part classic ship, and part
futuristic spaceship.

Love how the tiniest pieces of land seem to be able to hold such
tall buildings just feet from the water too. Really is something sir.

Incredible stuff ! ..Thank you so much for sharing Frans !!!
 

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Frans, that is impressive, and can't tell what is cooler, the capabilities,
or the name. 😎 🙂 Can imagine it really is something to see it in
person because it's awesome seeing just this pictures. Just the size
as compared to the ships is monstrous, and something to see sir. 👀
Would be fun to see this marvel operating, but seeing the pic, as
well as learning about it is pretty fantastic !

Thanks so much Frans ! Always learning.
 

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You bet, the crane's main bearings are 98 ft (30 meters) in diameter. Incredible feat of engineering.
 

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Definitely is Frans. 😀 This could, or should be on Richard Hammond's Big
to tell the truth. Not sure if you have seen that show, but it is really good,
and really cool like just this marvel here. ..Thanks again for the look sir !
 
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