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Where now the new building by architect H.J.M. Ruijssenaars is located on the Kerkbrink, Hof van Holland used to be one of the most important meeting places in the center.
The Hof van Holland inn was created in 1843, when two buildings were merged by R.J. Buwalda. The properties included a house from 1732 that had been converted into a guest house, which had been rebuilt after the fire in 1766, and a house with a farm from 1716 that had been converted into a double mansion before it became a guest house in 1827.
In 1837 the diligence firm Buwalda & Co was founded with services to Amsterdam and later to Utrecht, Loosdrecht, ‘s-Graveland, Laren and Vreeland. The diligence existed until 1876. Many meetings and auctions were held in the famous hotel restaurant. In the accompanying concert hall by I. Gosschalk on the Herenstraat, recordings were made and radio broadcasts were provided until the 1950s.
Source: Annette Koenders, Hilversum. Architectuur en Stedenbouw 1850-1940, Zwolle (2001).
Kerkbrink (demolished), Hilversum