People with fond memories of city life during the post-war period share their story. And people with a special liking for post-war architecture share their fascination.
Leo Egge kwam als kleine jongen vaak in de plasticfabriek van zijn vader aan de Schiedamsedijk, maar nam de zaak in 1979 over om een winkel in scheepsantiek en prenten te beginnen, Egge Maritiem. In december 2018 sluit Egge na bijna veertig jaar zijn deuren aan de Schiedamsedijk.
Joop de Wijk was een bevlogen huismeester van de Maastorenflat, hij vertelt over het wonen en werken in de flat.
Alexandra Bieren en Marcella Nederlof werken sinds de jaren negentig bij Het Oogziekenhuis Rotterdam aan de Schiedamse Vest en vertellen over het gebouw, de organisatie en het ‘Volksmuseum voor Ogenkunst’.
Opgroeien rond de Leuvehaven; Annemieke Barmentlo groeide in de jaren zestig op in het Baankwartier. Aan de toen nog rustige Schiedamsedijk keek ze uit op de destijds drukke Leuvehaven.
With her father working as a director at Befaro, the Rotterdam concrete factory, the young Irene Smit listened to tales of reconstruction work at dinnertime in her new apartment.
Patricia and Anton de Heer from Van der Heyden confectioners on Mariniersweg talk about life in the reconstruction district where they work and have lived together for years. It’s also where Patricia grew up.
The Van Zijps lived through the reconstruction of Rotterdam, and also through its bombardment. After the war the built up their lives again quickly.
They put their heart and soul into the neighbourhood. Mrs and Mrs van Vuuren originally come from south of the river, but have lived in the centre for years.
Robin von Weiler talks about how he got involved in Meent and his passion for the street he calls an open-air museum of post-war reconstruction architecture.
Irene Smit is the chairwoman of the Heuvel Foundation and talks passionately about the post-war reconstruction monument
De levendigheid in de stad, daar houdt mevrouw Schipper van. Ze woont in het Potlood, het markante gebouw naast station Blaak.
Like walking into a painting by Anton Pieck, that what Seth’s poffertjes salon feels like. The family recipe for the poffertjes has remained the same for years.
Volunteers love to tell visitors stories about the Laurenskerk. But they also have wonderful personal stories to tell.
After the war, the father of Mr van Mastrigt started a mail-order firm between the emergency shops. Stamp collecting grew in popularity.
She always worked hard on her career, as the city was being rebuilt. Mrs Pols is proud of her house above Meent.
On the site now occupied by the Market Hall, the sons of Jan van Wingerden used to dig for treasure. The open tracts of city were called ‘the rubble’.
Dentilia is the oldest business on Hoogstraat and is located between Mariniersweg and Oostplein. The shop has a rich history.
The Van Wijk brothers talk about the youth in the Hoogkwartier district. They built rafts to use on the big puddles that formed in old bomb craters.
Various neighbourhood residents reminisce in a local pub about the Hoogkwartier district. About the bull that ran riot at the Cattle Market.
Barry grew up in the city centre. The city was a paradise for playing. Department stores were his playgrounds, and vacant sites were perfect for Sledge rides.
Mr and Mrs de Bruin have been living on Hoogstraat for almost fifty years. There were times when eight of them gathered on the balcony in the evening.
Wereldhaven is a remarkable neighbourhood. The former NAI chief guard sees the place, built for young families, as a small village.
Anja Stuiver and Rien Dane feel like real Rotterdam residents, and they’ve seen the the city centre gradually grow in density around them.
Once upon a time Hoogkwartier was a real district for automobiles – an industrial network. Van Geest is one of the last remaining garages.
Els and Elly are friends and ‘active’ neighbourhood residents. They often visit the neighbourhood centre in the Hoogkwartier district. It’s a closely knit community.
The family of Jan van Dienst lived in a house to be proud of. The service dwelling had a shower and was located on Hoogstraat.
Growing up in the Hoogkwartier district was a really great adventure, says Eeva Liukku. For her the service streets were a paradise for playing.
Vesa Liukku has lived in Rotterdam for almost fifty years. When he first moved here, he thought Hoogkwartier was a fancy ‘pork chop neighbourhood’.