The Baarsjes

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A brief history

The Baarsjes is a quarter of the municipality Amsterdam and captures about 35.000 inhabitants, with a surface of 1,64 km² of which 0.10 km² are covered with water. The name of the town has been borrowed from the former village Baarsjes, which was situated at the Kostverlorenvaart near the Wiegbrug. The Slatuinenweg is a last holdover of this ward in the former municipality Sloten. These surroundings were characterised by horticulture in the Baarsjes polder, a part of the Sloterpolder.

The construction of the western living area started after putting the tram line into use, running from Amsterdam via Haarlem to Zandvoort in 1904. Along this tram line the Admiral de Ruijterweg was constructed. Along this street new houses were built especially for commuters, who from now on could travel with the tram to the city. Later on this became the Trompbuurt. After the annexation of the municipality Sloten in 1921 the southern part of Amsterdam got constructed. Between 1920 and 1940 new town extensions were added to the former territory of the municipality Sloten.

Plan West

As a part of the plan West, developed in the 20’s, the construction of the neighbourhood was devised in the style of the Amsterdam School. The Mercatorplein is a blueprint of H.P. Berlage, amongst others the Admiralenbuurt, Mercatorbuurt, Surinam Square and Hoofddorppleinbuurt. Since 1990 those parts have formed the quarter of The Baarsjes. In 1940, the Orteliuskade and the Postjeskade formed the western boundary of the district including the Rembrandtpark. The Surinam square represents the southern boundary of the current district, while the North is confined by the Jan van Galenstraat and the East by the Kostverlorenvaart.

In De Baarsjes most of the streets are named after admirals, sea heroes, discovery travellers, cartographers and notions alluding to West-India. In the district you will mainly find medium buildings with three or four floors, angular formed window casings, slanting roofs and capacious rooms, which easily provide space for big families. Within the Baarsjes you will not find any parks, but the Erasmuspark as well as the Rembrandtpark are close by and easy to reach.

The tram lines 12, 13, 14 and 17 reach out to the Baarsjes.

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