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Holland - Haarlem - Dwellings with a saint of your own!
Please look at this one in orirginal view!

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..

For the Anne Frank statue click on the link below:
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Feb 12 2007 00:08 GMT Macfudge
Impressive foto (full size)! I am amazed how unique little corners (like this one) are in Nederland!
Feb 12 2007 00:54 GMT annaschnitfink
Thank you my dear Hans for taking the trouble to look at this one in full size. I am so pleased you like it!!!
Feb 12 2007 10:35 GMT rock
Feb 12 2007 11:35 GMT annaschnitfink
Thanks for your nice comment dear Rock!
Feb 12 2007 12:23 GMT LizSA
The original size....firstley...as the photo openend, I saw the branches of the tree....then the "skoorsteen" Chimney's....and I thought it was a weed growing on the rooftop...but then I see it might be another tree on the other side of the house...what a beautiful row of houses Anna.... then the saint stones...
nice of the people not to plant high trees or plants....and make the stones so
visible for passersby.....excellent entry for FT Anna...!
Feb 12 2007 12:25 GMT annaschnitfink
Thank yo so much dear Liz for your very nice and thoughtful comment. It is much appreciated by me that you looked at this photo so carefully!
Feb 12 2007 16:28 GMT hans55 PRO
from the times architects still had eye and time for details !!
Feb 12 2007 17:16 GMT annaschnitfink
I am pleased you appreciate these wonderful houses dear Hans. Thanks for your comment!