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‘Villa Oudt-Hollandt’ was built in 1901-1902 to a design by the architect Johan Wilhelm Hanrath (1867-1932). The house is located in the residential area of Ministerpark, part of the Northwestern Villa area, and is built in a country house style characteristic of Hanrath’s oeuvre. The boundary with an iron entrance gate on the street side dates from the construction period of the house. The villa is a municipal monument.
In 1901, architect J.W. Hanrath commissioned to design a gardener’s house with a greenhouse. The garden may have belonged to the villa at Koninginneweg 39, built in 1900, whose rear plot adjoins the Graaf Florislaan 7 plot. Hanrath designed the house in his characteristic country house style. The house was given an almost rectangular floor plan and consisted of a ground floor and an attic floor. The property is home to many of Hanrath’s special features. Characteristic are the slightly bent roof, the high chimneys and the shuttered windows with rod distribution. Also characteristic are the date anchors in the front facade and the carved hearts in the corner bench on the veranda and other woodwork in the interior.
Adjacent to the house, at the rear, was a rectangular glass greenhouse with a sloping roof. The greenhouse was divided into a ‘cold greenhouse’ and a slightly smaller ‘warm greenhouse’. It is not known when the greenhouse was demolished. At the rear of the house, the pulleys for the hatches of the greenhouse are still present at the bottom of the roof overhang.
Hanrath was born in Amsterdam. In his younger years he worked as an apprentice carpenter and was taught in the evenings at the ‘evening school for drawing and architecture education’. From 1887 to 1891 he trained as a construction supervisor at the Königliche Technische Hochschule in Berlin, after which he worked for two years with the German government architect Ludwig Hoffman. Hanrath was a very renowned architect. In 1893, when he settled in Hilversum, the Hilversum villa parks were on the rise and Hanrath became a much sought-after architect to design villas and country houses. Several of his country houses in Hilversum have since been designated a national monument, including his own house Landhuis d’Olijftak at 4 Rossinilaan from 1903-1904. In the years between 1912 and 1922 he often worked together with garden and landscape architect Leonard Antonij Springer (1855-1940). In 1927 he started working in his architectural office with architect Ir. P.H.N. (Paul) Briët (1894-1978), who continued the office alone after Hanrath’s death. Hanrath lived in Hilversum until his death in 1932.
Graaf Florislaan 7, Hilversum