Photographer's Note

A vue on Central Station Amsterdam.
I took this photo from the roof of the former local Post-building where now the Museum of Modern Art is located for a few years, on the second floor. On the left side of the photo lies the old city of Amsterdam. On the right side river 'IJ' is located, on the backside of C.S.
The station-building is built by the neo-gothic architect Cuypers, who built it - around 1890 - very similar tot the facade of Rijksmuseum he designed a few years before. Both building are built in a well-balanced mixture of neo-gotic and neo-renaissance style. The industrial big arched stationroofs are built by the industrial-designers brothers Van Gendt.
The station-building and the wide railnetwork were placed on a new-built dike that time, which broke definitely the strong connection between the old city Amsterdam ans its original water 'IJ'. Because it was along the border of this river 'IJ', that the 17th century-ships were moored after their long trip to the Indies, to load over their precious goods and spices into the store-houses of the city; prosperious Amsterdam i nthe Golden Age. So the stationbuilding itself is located in the middle of this old water 'IJ', you can say! And still now the modern designers of booming Amsterdam can only emphasis this seperation. A big loose!!

I heard last week that the big arch-roofs were built in the period of steam, to collect the enormous amounts of smoke of the locomotives, so the smoke could not reach the city and its inhabitants. It is possible.. but the many diamond-factories everywhere in the city Amsterdam did the same thing: smoking!!

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