Elsy Menko – Country – Architecture
The city of Amsterdam shot to fame with its Canal Ring, a unique and magnificent urban plan developed and implemented from 1613 onwards, starting a period of great economic prosperity. The ring was constructed around the existing medieval center in order to cope with the population explosion. The fan-shaped canal ring of the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht provided charming residences for the city’s prosperous merchants and governors. The often richly decorated houses are characterized by their gables and the entrances: the door at the top of the stairs was meant for important visitors, the door at the bottom of the stairs served servants and merchants. As land was scarce houses are usually narrow and high. Most houses have a lifting beam with a pulley at the top of the gable in order to facilitate lifting merchandise, furniture, etc. The impressive facades of the prominent houses in the canal ring reflect the fashion of the day: initially classicist with subsequent baroque additions.
In 2010, the Canal Ring received official recognition when it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In my quilt six different facades of canal houses can be seen. When visiting beautiful Amsterdam you will notice that not one of the 17th century houses stands straight. This is reflected in my quilt. And the girl on the bicycle with the red scarf? That’s me!
Commercial fabrics, hand stitched and some machine stitching.