Central District as the name for the area between Weena and the railway tracks was only introduced after the emergence of the major redevelopment plans for Centraal Station and its immediate surroundings around the turn of the millennium.
In the pre-war Rotterdam, Hofplein was a complicated intersection where fourteen wider and narrower streets, three waterways and two intersecting railway lines converged.
In November 1954, the well-known Rotterdam architect Hugh Maaskant designed a four-floor cube-shaped commercial building that aligned with the other structures on Delftsestraat.
Floors one to four were occupied by Shell Tankers, five and six by Shell Nederland, and seven and eight by the regional office for the Dutch gas company (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij).
The initial plan was to terminate the block of commercial premises along Delftsestraat with two buildings at Schiekade.
The offices of the paper wholesaler Esveha on Botersloot were totally destroyed in the bombardment.
Els Stolk woont al sinds 1962 in het Groothandelsgebouw. Ze is nog de enige bewoonster. Wat voor anderen heel uniek is, is voor haar heel gewoon.
In the Bouwcentrum, professionals and interested parties could go for exhibitions and objective information about building and living.
The Groothandelsgebouw is the symbol of the reconstruction of Rotterdam.
Voormalig stationspostkantoor in Rotterdam van de gebroeders Kraaijvanger is nu rijksmonument