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Butter weigh house, The Hague
Prinsegracht facade of the Boterwaag
The Boterwaag on the Prinsegracht
Alternative namesBoterwaag
General information
TypeWeigh house
Architectural styleNeoclassical style
LocationThe Hague
CoordinatesCoordinates: 52°4′31″N 4°18′31″E / 52.07528°N 4.30861°E / 52.07528; 4.30861
Design and construction
ArchitectBartholomeus van Bassen

The Boterwaag is a former weigh house for butter in The Hague, Netherlands. The right half is a café.


The left-half of the building was designed by the architect-painter Bartholomeus van Bassen.[1] He designed and built it in 1650, after the Prinsegracht canal was dug in 1640.[1] He oversaw both projects in his role as city architect and headman of the Guild of St. Luke. After he died in 1652, the local painters became dissatisfied with the guild and founded the Confrerie Pictura in 1656, which met upstairs.[2] They shared their meeting room upstairs with the guild of apothecaries, and the city apothecary shop was across the street.[1] In 1681 the right half was built as an extension, and new scales were installed inside that can still be seen by visitors to the café there.

In 2013 a replica of the 17th-century brass bell was replaced on the facade that had been stolen in 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Rijksmonument report
  2. ^ Confrerie Pictura in Arnold Houbraken's 3 volume work on artist biographies called The Great Theatre of Dutch Painters
  3. ^ Boterwaag bell back after 30 years on Omroep West website