Photographer's Note

Here are some facades of a row of late 19th century livinghouses, on the border of river Amstel in Amsterdam. The architecture and the period itself is neo-classical, but here established in a very fresh expression with a lot of vitality. There is much decoration in this architecture, and... without any problem. In later architecture this kind of decorations became a big problem, as well in the neo-gothic as the younger Amsterdam School-architecture. They searched both for more functionality and simplicity.

When you follow river Amstel, starting from the city-center (Waterlooplein and flea-market), you can expect to see more of this neo-classical architecture on your lefthand. Following the opposite side of river Amstel you will meet, - outside the old city - fascinating architecture of the Amsterdam School (about 1920). Just follow the river and search the water back when you have to leave it for a couple of minutes. Go by bike!! You will love it, if you are interested in architecture!

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