The Fryske Akademy is located in linked buildings at the Doelestraat and the corner of the Groeneweg in Leeuwarden. The main building is the stately corner building, the Coulonhūs, situated at Doelestraat 8. It was built in 1713. Various rooms in the building are decorated in the Dutch Louis XIV style, with remarkable paintings and woodcarving. You will find some information on the Coulonhūs below. For more details, you may download the Fryske Akademys extensive publication on the Coulonhūs.
Some facts on the history of the Coulonhūs:
Some facts on the Fryske Akademy and the Coulonhūs:
In 1938, the year of its foundation, the Fryske Akademy moved into two rooms of the Coulonhūs. By now, the Fryske Akademy has taken over the adjacent buildings as well.
On the corner of the main building you will see a series of coats of arms (in stone) of Frisian municipalities, the province of Fryslān, German Frisia and the Ottema-Kingma Foundation. All of these contributed substantially to the renovation of the corner building in the fifties of the last century. The large bronze coat of arms of the Fryske Akademy is protected by a swan representing the province of Fryslān. This whole group was a gift from the government.
In 1959, the renovated Coulonhūs was opened up and the rooms were named; several after the Dutch Frisian, East Frisian and North Frisian Islands.
1) Portrait of Anthonius Coulon
2) Tombstone of Coulon in the backyard of the Fryske Akademy
3) The Coulonhūs in the Doelestraat
4) Bronze swan and Frisian city arms on the corner of the Fryske Akademy-building
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