Oost-Indisch Huis (Dutch for "East India House") is an early
17th-century building in the centre of Amsterdam. It was a
headquarters of the
Dutch East India Company
Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische
Compagnie or VOC).
Oost-Indisch Huis was the first building especially built for the
East India Company. The building served as the headquarters of the
Amsterdam chamber (Kamer) of the East India Company. The 20 regents of
Amsterdam chamber met here. In addition, the majority of meetings
of the Heeren XVII (the Lords Seventeen), the regents of the East
India Company, were also held at the Oost-Indisch Huis. Shipcrews were
recruited here, and the archives and map collection of the East India
Company were also kept here.
A gate with Tuscan-style pilasters and a small tunnel lead to an inner
courtyard with elegant facades in
Amsterdam Renaissance style, a style
closely identified with the architect Hendrick de Keyser, who was most
likely responsible for designing the building.
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In 1603, the
Amsterdam chamber of the East India Company began using
part of the Bushuis armory on the
Kloveniersburgwal canal as a
warehouse. Two years later, the East India Company took over the
whole building. However, the company still lacked meeting and office
space, so a new building was constructed directly adjacent to the
Bushuis. This building, completed in 1606, was called the Oost-Indisch
Huis ("East India House") and was the first building especially built
for the East India Company.
In 1663-64, the western wing was extended. In addition, a northern
wing was added, so that the building now also bordered the street Oude
Hoogstraat. The last major extension was added between 1658 and 1661.
After the East India Company was dissolved in 1798, the building
served until 1808 as the seat of the colonial government of the
Batavian Republic. In 1891, the adjacent Bushuis was demolished and a
new eastern wing, designed by Cornelis Peters, was added along the
In 1976 the building underwent restoration. During this restoration,
the grand meeting room was also reconstructed. The building has been
declared a national monument (rijksmonument). The building is now in
use by the University of Amsterdam.
The East India Company chambres in Rotterdam, Delft,
Hoorn also had an
Oost-Indisch Huis as their headquarters. The
Rotterdam was destroyed during the
Rotterdam Blitz in
1940; however, the ones in
Hoorn are still in existence.
Amsterdam also has a West-Indisch Huis, which served as headquarters
of the Dutch West India Company.
^ a b c Martin Dunford (2010). The Rough Guide to The Netherlands.
Penguin. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-84836-882-8.
Amsterdam Bureau Monumenten & Archeologie: Oost-Indisch Huis
Amsterdam Monumenten -
Oost-Indisch Huis (Dutch)
Gemeente Amsterdam: VOC, 400 jaar handelstraditie (Dutch)
VOC Kenniscentrum (Dutch)
Cultuurwijzer: Oost-Indische Huizen in Nederland (Dutch)
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Coordinates: 52°22′15″N 4°53′53″E / 52.37083°N
4.89806°E / 52.37