The Hague
Anna Paulownastraat 10 B

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The Architect's philosophy

” If you take the trip to Ithaka,
wish that the road may be long ”

What if I told you that sometimes the world comes to visit you and you, like Odysseus, do not have to sail the seas to return home disguised as a beggar.

What if the elegant reception rooms of St. Petersburg are filled with poetry every evening, the house of Romanov and the House of Orange, the grotesque and oh so lost and never forgotten Titanic come to visit you.

What is more important the journey or company they asked an old master, the company was his answer. And what if you are seated at a table, the indomitable Anna Paulowna, Emperor Napoleon and Mutters are your company … don’t we wish the evening to be long and the journey endless?

Dating back to 1890, this building has a wealth of detail and history that defines its character. You are in a space shaped by beauty that is unparalleled.

Words are only whispers of the wind that stimulates the fantasy, wealth is in the mind, you and I join in, and oh so rich we are at this table.


Architect: J.W. Bosboom. Building style: Art Nouveau.
Architect Jan Willem Bosboom (1860-1928) built Anna Paulownastraat 73-75 for himself as a house with an office. The Art Nouveau shop-house from 1901 is a national monument. The building is included in the street wall with contiguous buildings. He also built houses in the Zeeheldenkwartier at Bazarstraat no.40, Piet Hein Street no.60-62, Anna Paulownaplein no.10 to 16, Trompstraat no.2-4, a warehouse at no.6, and an upstairs apartment in the De Ruyterstraat.

The building where the antiquarian bookshop was first established was demolished in 1968, here new construction has replaced the insurance company Olveh from 1879, the later AEGON.
Until 1968, the striking building of the Olveh, designed by Jan Wils in 1931, stood on the corner of Anna Paulownastraat with Kortenaerkade, of which the bicycle cellar, a new phenomenon at the time, served as an air raid shelter during the war.

Anna Paulownastraat 10 has a striking façade due to the white so-called ” bacon bands ”.
The inside of the house, especially the first floor, has been furnished by the firm Mutters en Zn.
Which also provided the interior of the Titanic and the Vredespaleis.

Points of interest

  1.  Room, the most delicious lunchroom on the square
  2. The statue of ‘Anna Paulowna’ on the square of the same name
  3. Piet Hein Street full of unique retail and catering concepts
  4. Walter Bennedict on the Denneweg
  5. Palace gardens a stone’s throw away


(1873) – Named after Anna Paulowna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia (1795-1865). Married the future King William II in 1816 and became Queen of the Netherlands upon his accession to the throne in 1840.

Anna Paulownastraat and surroundings were built around 1870. In this so-called ‘Anna Paulownapark’, mainly stately, spacious houses for the wealthy were built.
Around 1910, the area was one of the nicest neighborhoods in The Hague.
In addition to shops, many doctors and banks had also settled in the street.
The house that is now Anna Paulownastraat 78, hidden between a large office building and the garden of the Peace Palace, was originally a steam tram station of the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij between 1886 and 1916.
The building was converted into a residence in 1916. It has been a Sufi Center since 1920.
From 1880 a horse tram also ran through the Anna Paulownastraat.
In 1906 the electric tram took over this route.

Anna Paulownastraat 10, of course, also has its own history.
In the 1930s, during the heyday of the company Mutters en zn, which, among other things, provided the furnishing of ships of the Holland-America line, the Titanic and the Peace Palace, number 10 was occupied by one of the directors of the company.
The first floor was broken through by Mutters at the time and provided with 2 fireplaces and other very detailed decorations (which are still present in all its beauty).
At the time, the space was used as a showroom and for receptions and receptions for important customers and relations.
Mr. H.A. Vloemans opened an antiquarian bookshop at 7 Anna Paulownastraat in 1932, which was demolished in 1968 and has mr. H.A. Vloemans continued the antiquarian bookshop at Anna Paulownastraat 10. Later taken over and expanded internationally by his son John A. Vloemans.
From the basement to the attic it was full of books and magazines.
The antiquarian bookshop grew in the 60s and 70s into an internationally renowned company, which from 1978 took part in fairs at home and abroad, from Amsterdam and Maastricht to Zurich and Paris, from New York to Los Angeles. Predominantly specialized in 20th century art and architecture, many well-known architects found their way to 10 Anna Paulownastraat.

Part of the antiquarian bookseller’s impressive architecture and avant-garde book collection are housed in the Rijksmuseum’s library.

Thanks to John A. Vloemans and his wife Marja Vloemans.

Description & Features


High-quality and fully renovated double upper house with a luxury kitchen with cooking island, with all desired built-in appliances, three bedrooms, two luxurious bathrooms with underfloor heating and a lovely terrace on the southwest of approx. 24 m²!

The house has got an Energylabel A++ !

A unique project in the beautiful Zeeheldenkwartier.
The sustainably insulated shell , HR++ glass and the heatingpump make the house very energy efficient.

Entrance at street level, hall with meter cupboard and internal stairs to the entrance of the apartment on the first floor, from the hall you will find the spacious living room through the French doors, with the living room at the front with the original marble fireplace, beautiful subtle moldings on the ceiling and a high-quality wooden floor, the keywords of this house are LIGHT and SPACE, located at the rear is the kitchen with a cooking island and equipped with the following Siemens appliances; dishwasher, combi microwave, oven, fridge-freezer and an induction hob with integrated extractor. The Mutters theme returns in the dining room (see history) and on the first floor, somewhat more subtle elements of Mutters are present here, such as the woodwork and moldings and the built-in cupboards, which we partially replaced with a sideboard, so the piece becomes old and new again perfectly combined. From here access to the spacious terrace of approx. 24 m² which is located on the southwest and you can dine here in the summer. On the second floor there are two good-sized bedrooms at the front, one bathroom with underfloor heating, a floating toilet, a walk-in shower, a freestanding bath, vanity unit with 2 Solid Surface washbasins and an illuminated mirror. There is also a design radiator for a warm towel, all wall taps and the built-in shower are made of brushed brass.
At the rear the Master bedroom which has an adjoining private bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and a vanity unit with again two Solid Surface washbasins.
Finally, on the second floor there is a separate toilet with a hand basin.

– An insulated shell
– The electricity is completely renewed
– All water and gas pipes will be replaced
– New wooden floors
– New luxury kitchen with all desired built-in appliances from Siemens
– New economical combi boiler in combination with a completely new central heating system with a Remeha Avanta CW5 2021
– Also a newly established VvE

The house will be delivered with the Cattenburg Standard
“A home that is ready for the future”

The district is characterized by many shops, catering establishments but also a lot of history, which is reflected in the Art Nouveau buildings and the other architecture from the 19th century.
The main shopping streets are Prins Hendrikstraat, Piet Hein Street, Zoutmanstraat and Anna Paulownastraat itself.
Here you will find the nicest furniture stores, trendy design stores, galleries, clothing stores, supermarkets, vintage and book stores and numerous specialty stores.
Residents and entrepreneurs are proud to be a “Zeehero” and do everything they can to make their neighborhood even more fun. The Zeeheldenbuurt is characterized by passionate and surprising entrepreneurship, a unique story and personal contact guaranteed.
Normally there is a market or event every week in the district.
It is within walking distance of the center, in the Palace Gardens you can retreat to the greenery for a lovely walk. Also along the quay, which will soon look very different due to all the new plans regarding the opening of the Piet Heinplein to the canal (see impression photo in the gallery).

on request
Property type
Double upperhouse
Year of construction
ca. 143 m²
Outdoor space
Terrace approx. 24 m²

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