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The American Hotel's Clock

This is my first Amsterdam clock on SC.  Hard to believe since I have scads of them in my files!  It's on the American Hotel in the middle of the Leidseplein Square, one of Amsterdam's most fashionable, entertainment areas.

The hotel got its name because its architect, W. Steubugeweg, studied hotel design in the United States and adorned it with a bronze eagle and wooden figures of Native Americans, plus murals of American landscapes.  That was in 1882. 

Within 20 years, the hotel was demolished and rebuilt by Willem Kromhout in 1902.  His design marked a radical departure, interpreting the Art Nouveau style in an angular Dutch fashion.

I don't know anything about the clock, except that I wanted to add it to my "collection."  I took this pic back on April 11, when spring was just "springing."

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The American Hotel's Clock

This is my first Amsterdam clock on SC.  Hard to believe since I have scads of them in my files!  It's on the American Hotel in the middle of the Leidseplein Square, one of Amsterdam's most fashionable, entertainment areas.

The hotel got its name because its architect, W. Steubugeweg, studied hotel design in the United States and adorned it with a bronze eagle and wooden figures of Native Americans, plus murals of American landscapes.  That was in 1882. 

Within 20 years, the hotel was demolished and rebuilt by Willem Kromhout in 1902.  His design marked a radical departure, interpreting the Art Nouveau style in an angular Dutch fashion.

I don't know anything about the clock, except that I wanted to add it to my "collection."  I took this pic back on April 11, when spring was just "springing."

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (20)

The tower just jumps out against that incredibly vibrant blue sky. I like the perspective and framing. And it's an interesting structure, to boot.
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, Red Pen. Thanks.
I love the clock tower, and the building itself. Quite unusual looking! smile
Ginnie Hart: I have many clocks from A'dam, Kay, as I mentioned, but this one really is different from all the others. Must be because of the 'American' in it's name. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 24 May 2007, 02:23
Smashing. And enlightening too, thanks to your excellent commentary. Great stuff Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for reminding me of that word, Jimbo. Smashing. Now you'll probably see a lot of it. smile Thanks for your kind words.
Aquí encuentro a la verdadera Ginnie !! Me refiero a reconocer tu fotografía wink smile Me gusta.

Here encounter to the true Ginnie! I talk about to recognize your photographywink smile I like.
Ginnie Hart: HA! So glad you recognized me today, Jose. grin
This is another very interesting architectural shot. Obviously the Dutch have more distinct architecture than I knew. I would have pegged this as something fairly contemporary that quotes from a hodgepodge of older styles.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Martin. That's why it stood out for me. It's not typical of what you see here in Amsterdam.
Nice picture Ginnie. Nicely framed and the clock on a such blue sky...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland. For all the times we DON'T see blue skies, it's very nice when we do, for sure!
Very original architecture... well framed and agree with Roland, the colour of the sky is... divine !
Ginnie Hart: As I said to Roland, for all the times we DON'T see blue skies, it's very nice when we do, for sure! Thanks, Florence.
Beautiful Ginnie - totally loving the way u've frame this smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thank you, Ade. And it was so wonderful to hear your voice today. Your horse post is outta this world. Have a safe trip back to London this evening!
Ahhhhh.......... how long could Ginnie stay away from clocks grin There is a clock tower coming up just behind my office builing Ginnie, and whenever I look at it, I think of taking a shot for you. The place is a bit dusty these days with the amount of construction going on, but I sure will get it some time soon. Hope you are enjoying your stay in Amsterdam smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Ginnie surprised even herself! grin

I'd love to see YOUR clock, Thomas. Soon!
beautiful low angle, good sky
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Petra
  • 24 May 2007, 12:29
Great capture Ginnie...did you find out allready about the clock on Amsterdam central station?
I mean the one with the wind or what was it that you wanted to know?
Petra
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Petra, and yes--it IS a weather vane. One nice day I'll get a pic of it, hopefully, when there's no renovation mesh covering the front of the station!
Great blue sky making a beautiful combination with the yellow of the bricks.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Wim. smile
Lovely angle Ginnie...and the sky is just glorious.
Ginnie Hart: As I told someone else, Bridge, it would be a sin to convert that sky to B&W, right?!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 24 May 2007, 16:22
What an interesting clock! Like none I've ever seen. I hope you find more! smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, Ruth. I have an entire file full of Amsterdam clocks. smile I don't know why I waited till now to post one.
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 24 May 2007, 16:54
This looks great with the blue sky. Wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Julia. Thanks.
I bet this looks great at night as the clock has those little lights pointing at it. That is a pretty big structure but you've managed to capture the heart of it. Nice one Ginnie and oh yeah and it's smashing ! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I love that word. grin

Believe it or not, Johnny, we haven't been out-n-about in A'dam at night yet! Next week while Donica is in Hannover, maybe I'll venture out at the twilight hour!
I'm not an expert on architecture - but that looks very different from what I've seen before - the blue makes a beautiful diagonal line from top right corner - in my head at least smile
Ginnie Hart: This building IS very different from what I've seen anywhere here in Europe, Aksel. I'm guessing that's why it's called the American Hotel! smile
This looks like a beautiful building, and i¬īm looking forward to see some more Amsterdam clocks smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! There's another one coming up for Saturday, Magnus, just for you. grin
Another amazing structure Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Lots of them in Europe, Chris. Actually, lots of them all over the world!
  • Zebigleb
  • friendsland
  • 27 May 2007, 23:48
Very well done - Congratulations !! Really nice architecture !
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Zeb. smile

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