pj_bosman 2012-04-25 in den vergulden turk leiden 7318
"In Den Vergulden Turk" (In The Gilded Turk) is a former mansion at the Breestraat in Leiden, the Netherlands. Most likely designed by Willem van der Helm (c. 1628-1675). The sculpture in the pediment was made in 1673 by the Flemish sculptor Pieter Xavery (born c. 1647). Currently in use as one of the entrances of the Vroom & Dreesmann department-store.
The LEGO version is based on the situation in the late 19th century.
The historic pictures were used to make this model (among other information); left: facade in appr. 1870; upper right: roof of the annex in 1909, photo taken from the city hall tower; bottom right: staircase, date unknown. Searching for the rare information about this building was one of the fun things in making the model. It's almost like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. It makes you happy when you retrieve a few!
(Upper left and upper right picture: CC BY-SA Regionaal archief Leiden)
- 2011/12, Patrick Bosman