The Adelaerthoeve



Heated and camouflaged

During the Second World War, the German occupiers chose the area as a base for their air defense. In a short time, Fliegerhorst Deelen airfield was constructed by the German Luftwaffe. The buildings belonging to the airport were camouflaged to prevent recognition from the air. The buildings had the appearance of farms, but had 60 cm walls and steel shutters on the windows.

So is the current Adelaerthoeve, which was built after the head-neck-hull model farm as it occurs in the north of the country. Pieces of land were cultivated around the buildings so that the occupier could meet the need for agriculture and livestock. After the war, many buildings were demolished and the rubble used to rebuild the destroyed Arnhem. Not all buildings at the airfield were demolished. There remained a number of heatable aircraft hangars, which looked like farms from the outside.

The Amsterdam architect Heijdelberger made the plans for the renovation of these aircraft hangars. These were given the name 'De Vier Heemskinderen' after the story of Van Montelbaen. The story is about the four children of Count Haymijn van Ardennes; Ritsaert, Writsaert, Adelaert and Reinout who had fought against Charlemagne and had to pay for this with the loss of their horse, the steed Beyaert.

The aircraft hangars were converted into a farm, including the current Adelaerthoeve. The current residence is the converted former boiler house that was used to heat the hangar. The square in front of the farm is the ramp to the former roller track.


From agricultural business to heritage accommodation

After operation Market Garden, Arnhem is badly damaged. Many buildings have been destroyed, including the farm of Evert and Hendrika Hoogendam. After the war, in 1949, they were assigned the Adelarerthoeve, which had been converted into a farmhouse. Jan Hoogendam took over the company that had been built up in 1970 and moved in here with his wife Maaike Hoogendam - Twigt. In 2007 De Adelaerthoeve received the status of a national monument. The farm was discontinued in 2016 and a new generation took over the farm and looked for a suitable destination for the national monument. Together with the architect Marije Wijers of Atelier Blik en Eelerwoude, a plan was drawn up for a new destination. The starting points for the design are to make history more tangible, to create a place for cultural initiatives, to integrate the yard into nature and to offer accommodation. The young fourth generation is now working in the family business.

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