Albert Cuypstraat 88, Amsterdam
Very rare: a two-storey building in Albert Cuypstraat, where most (if not all) other buildings have three or, more often, four storeys. It dates from 1888 or 1889 and was originally a fire station (the successor of Ferdinand Bolstraat 8). In those days there was no street market yet in Albert Cuypstraat, so the fire brigade could turn out freely. The building rather soon became too small for the fire brigade and a new station was taken into use at Van Ostadestraat 341 in 1899.
At one time the building was in use by Dienst Marktwezen (the municipal department regulating the daily market in this street). Today it is used by the squad that each day cleans up the street after the market has closed, but local government [stadsdeel Amsterdam-Zuid] intends to end that in order to cut costs. The next function of this building therefore remains to be awaited, but I think it deserves the protection of municipal heritage [gemeentemonument].
By day this facade is usually largely hidden from view by market stalls. At most other moments, cars will be parked in front of it. It can only be pictured without these during the summer at around 20.00 to 21.00 or early in the morning. Usually on a summer morning the shadows are too strongly from the left (= east); on a summer evening the shadows are satisfying enough, but the light is too weak to expect a blue sky over the building as well. Therefore this one as long as there is no better picture. But if anyone manages a better one: I will be glad to hear.
[Dutch search terms: brandweer, brandweerkazerne, afvalpunt].