Jordaan Walk, Amsterdam
Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry. Entry is best in the morning hours. A guided tour along the Jordaan district, formerly the workmans area to the west side of the four main canals, now partly yuppified and upgraded. A fascinating walk of about 1.5 to 2 hours.
These are some of the themes we may discuss:
Folk culture in a densely populated area. Everybody knew everybody, in street life.
Low level of peat ground: wetness and moisture all over.
Extreme Poverty 1650-1930.
Around 1600: Illegal houses were built here against city regulations
From 1650-1930: Overcrowded, worse than a Dickens story
‚Hofjes‘ housing courts for poor men and women.
Music culture: operatic singing in cafes with ‚vibrato‘.
1886 Riots: illegal eel catching against police rules
1934 Workmans strike, blockades and street battles
Plans to raze the Jordaan area completely after 1960 and to build high-rise apartments. Instead: Architectural renewal, regeneration
North Church: simple dignity for the Protestant Working class
Ultra modern Design store.
The Ice Cream Store that broke all rules and wreaked havoc in the end.
Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.
Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.