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Geranium School (1918)

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Location type: Building
Location address: Netherlands, Noord Holland, Hilversum, Geraniumstraat
Number of texts: 1
3 stars

It was the time of leaping, skipping, and jumping rope. The Geranium School is in the Flowers Neighborhood, a neighborhood that was an oasis for children around 1920. There was little traffic, and when there was snow on the ground, they would make long slides.

The high tower of the Geranium School (1918) can be seen from far away. It is the first school that Dudok built in Hilversum. The beautiful brick masonry, a typical characteristic of the Amsterdam School, is also something that you don’t find in modern buildings.

The decorative masonry is also a source of entertainment for thrill-seekers and climbers in the area. It invites climbing and of course falling. Via the wall of the house next to the school, you can climb to the roof of the bicycle shed, where it was fun to play tag.

Until 1938, the Geranium School was a lower school. Thereafter, the New Lyceum was there until 1955. Later, there were several years when a MULO (lower secondary school) and a Leao (economic and administrative school) were housed there, until the ‘70s of the last century, when the building was remodeled into a living unit for boys.

In August 2005, the tower was damaged by a lightning strike. A unique thing about this tower is that it has clockworks on all four sides. This is quite practical for the mothers, because you only had to look outside to see how late it was.

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