Huis Honselaarsdijk

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Huis Honselaarsdijk
Paleis Honselaarsdijk.jpg
Print ca. 1683 by Abraham Bega & Abraham Blooteling
General information
Architectural style Dutch Baroque architecture
Location Honselersdijk, Dutch Republic
Coordinates 52°00′23″N 4°13′28″E / 52.006277°N 4.224544°E / 52.006277; 4.224544
Completed 17th century
Demolished 1815
Client Prince Frederick Henry
Design and construction
Architect Jacob van Campen, Pieter Post

Huis Honselaarsdijk (English: "House Honselaar's Dike") was a mansion in Honselersdijk, Holland, Dutch Republic. It was designed by the Dutch architects Bartholomeus van Bassen, Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post,[1] and was built in the first half of the 17th century as a buitenplaats for stadtholder Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange.[2] Various popular artists were commissioned to decorate the house, and paintings or sculptures were created specifically for Honselaarsdijk by Wybrand de Geest, Gerard van Honthorst, Pieter de Grebber, Paulus Bor, Christiaen van Couwenbergh, Cornelis Vroom, and Artus Quellinus, among others. Extensive formal gardens in the French manner overseen by André Mollet were laid out on either side of a central allée.

To this house in November 1677 arrived the newly-married Stadtholder William and Princess Mary before their state entry into The Hague. After the death of king-stadtholder William, the palace came into the hands of the king of Prussia. Frederick the Great sold the mansion in 1754 to Anna van Hannover. It was neglected and in 1815 its main building was demolished.

De Nederhof, the "Lower Courtyard", one of two symmetrical buildings flanking the main block and used as stabling and guest quarters, still remains and is now a home for people with disabilities.[1]

Exterior view of De Nederhof
Courtyard of De Nederhof

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kasteel De Nederhof" (in Dutch). Open Monumentendag. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ Poelhekke, J.J. (2008). "Hoofdstuk IX". Frederik Hendrik. Prins van Oranje. Een biografisch drieluik (in Dutch). Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren. Retrieved 2008-08-07.