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The first plans for the construction of a news post office on the corner of Kerkbrink and Oude Torenstraat were made in 1935. The plan was already clear then. The building would be oriented towards the Kerkbrink as well as the Oude Torenlaan behind it.
In 1939 the final plans were made. The available terrain resulted in a rather capricious floor plan. The representative building part is clad with limestone slabs. The facade follows the slight bend in the street. The high facade has a lot of glass and a recessed entrance with revolving doors. The copper bird was made by J. Kriege. The central part of the facade contains three round windows. The windows on the top layer connect to the overhang. The stairwell is built semi-circular. The rear is built in brick.
The rear facade with the second entrance follows a fairly long section of Torenlaan. In the bright hall there is a large mural painted on the wall by Ch. Roelofsz after a design by L. Gestel. This was L. Gestel’s first commission for a wall painting, but he died before it was completed. The post office was quietly opened in 1943.
Source: Annette Koenders, Hilversum. Architectuur en Stedenbouw 1850-1940, Zwolle (2001).
Kerkbrink 16, Hilversum