Holland - Haarlem - Dwellings with a saint of your own!
Each individual house built in the streets below more or less around the roman catholic church has got a sculpture of a saint in the gable next to the front door. I made pictures of a lot of them, but their numbers are so great that it is too much to publish them here on FT. Almost all saints are there... I restrict myself to the four evangelists and to my own Patroness: St. Anna.
Eemstraat / Jan Gijzenkade / Lekstraat / Lingestraat
Architect: Velsen, Jacobus Maria Franciscus (Jacques) van (1902-1990)
Sculptures: Andriessen, Marius Silvester (1897-1979)
Mari Andriessen was born in a Haarlem roman catholic family and after his education as a sculptor he got commissions from roman catholic institutions such as building corporations. The numerous saints he sculpted for the houses in the above mentioned streets are each carved in an almost medieval style. The work did not deliver enough money and Andriessen and his young family lived in poverty. As of the thirties things went a bit better. During WWII Andriessen joined the resistance. After the war he got commissions for War Memorials all over the country. The most famous one of them is perhaps the bronze statue of The Harbourworker (De Dokwerker) - 1952 - placed on the Amsterdam Jonas Daniel Meyerplein reminding us of the February strike in 1941 and I think also the small bronze statue of 'Anne Frank' placed near the Amsterdam Westerkerk, made Andriessen in 1975 is pretty well known too..