Time machine The Lijnbaan showcase

Written by Mathilde Simon

Have you noticed them yet? De Lijnbaan showcases, with, for example, the Depot in the spotlight or the 'Wild Life' showcase? Good news! A third display has been added in which they give a glimpse of the past of the Lijnbaan.

The past

The Lijnbaan symbolizes the reconstruction of Rotterdam after the bombing in the Second World War. Where city designers tried to preserve the image of the old city, the Lijnbaan had become a piece of modern architecture. A new design for the city and the beginning of modern Rotterdam as we know it today.

The first pile was driven into the ground on 10 July 1952 and the Lijnbaan complex was opened on 9 October 1953.

"Rotterdam is growing into one of the most modern cities in Europe and, I hope, one of the most beautiful. The Lijnbaan is a wonderful asset in the heart of this city, a symbol of cooperation and an act of greater significance." H.B.J. Witt Minister of Reconstruction and Housing, on 9 October 1953 during the opening of the Lijnbaan. (60 years Lijnbaan, Astrid Aarsen)

The showcase

The exhibition in the Lijnbaan showcase is a journey back in time. The Rotterdam City Archives takes you to the Lijnbaan of the 1950s and 60s. Did you know that when the Lijnbaan opened, there were already 66 stores with beautiful shop windows?

The pedestrian shopping street was an immediate success and attracted audiences from far beyond Rotterdam. The Lijnbaan was a place where you wanted to be seen, shoppers dressed their best and walked past the shop windows.

While shopping, take a look at this beautiful bright green display case and let yourself be carried away to the beginning of the Lijnbaan.

Written by Mathilde Simon
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