Local Heart, Global Soul

May 27, 2020

Red Brick Delight…

The red bricks of “Den Haag (The Hague) Hollandspoor Station“, (a.k.a. Den Haag HS) seem to change colour depending on the weather  above the high covered platform. Intense sunlight or passing clouds bring out the warm tones and shadows which for me at least, give character to the brick texture and shapes.

I took these photographs on “Monumentendag” 2019, which is where many churches, Government and historic buildings are open to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend.

More history from Wikipedia:  “Station Den Haag HS” tells us: “Train line 1 has been open for public transport since 1893, and the station has a Royal waiting room (with sculpture by Atelier Van den Bossche and Crevels) which is no longer in use. This typically 19th century waiting room has it’s own entrance/exit on the left of the main entrance.

In 1907, an extension was made for trains of the Hofsquare line opened in 1908 to Rotterdam Hofsquein and Scheveningen: two main tracks (tracks 7 and 8) and covered access from the street. In 1975, the end point of this line was moved to the new Central Station.

Track 8 was broken up before 1975, track 7 after that. In the mid 1990’s, the platform capping the former ZHESM tracks was also destroyed during renovation of the station. Electric trains came to the Hague HS from 1908, when the ZHESM service started to Rotterdam Hofsquare. In 1927 the train service was extended to Leiden and Rotterdam.

The station is located on the front of Station Square and on the back of the Waldorpstraat where the bust stops are located.  On the night of 14 to 15 October 1989 shortly after a restoration, fire broke out. The fire destroyed the platform building and part of platform cover 21. The building was later restored back to it’s historical state. In 2010 a thorough renovation of the monumental platform took place.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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