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The small estate of Claes Claesz Hofje, which you see on my picture, in the district the Jordaan, dated back to 1615 or 1616. It is with that the oldest small estate that Amsterdam still knows.

The occupants and also visitors experience it as a rest point in the city. The small estate is a meeting point for old and young. The occupants are different: students, writers, musicians and artists.

The houses are not big enough for a family with children. Many occupants do not have modern equipment, because the stairs and doors are too small.

In former days there were many families in the Jordaan. In the years thirty lived in this area 80,000 people, nowadays still but 12.000. Then the Jordaan was a discriminated against district. People did not have it broad. They had a beam on two chairs, so they had a table. Many houses were a construction fall. In this the previous time much change has come.

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Additional Photos by Hans Stellingwerf (Hanssie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2034 W: 2 N: 1959] (10273)
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