Neighbourhood C Utrecht

Groepsportret van vijf bewoners uit Wijk C te Utrecht


Number of interviews: 248


In time online and in the reading room


Interviews with residents of Wijk C

In the coming years, with the support of the Mondriaanfonds, a large part of the archive will be digitised, described and published on and The collection will be given on long-term loan to the Utrecht Archive, where the originals will be stored. In addition, the documents will be made available to researchers in the reading room.


Photo: Group portrait of five residents of Wijk C in Utrecht, who all have a nickname:Louis Bronius (‘De Sponzenduiker’), de heer Bontrop (‘De Kruk’), Jacobus Broekman (‘Kobus de Fots’), Johannes van den Oudenalder (‘Hannes de Kokkel’) en Piet A. Roomenburg (‘Piet de Brommert’). Circa 1930.
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Operation Open Heart

Article in De Utrechtse Internet Courant (DUIC) – 9/7/2018


Sixty key players have their say on one of the largest and most complicated building projects in Utrecht. The book Twenty years of building the Utrecht railway station area by Ed van Eeden gives a striking insight into the development of the Utrecht railway station area. From Corio to the Jaarbeurs and from architects to civil servants, everyone is covered. This results in a number of controversial stories.

Ed van Eeden

Human memory can sometimes be fallible

In 2002, Utrecht held its first consultative referendum on the future of the Utrecht railway station area. Never before had the people of Utrecht been so directly involved in a subject as then. The City Council accepted the result and then began a tough process of planning and contracting. Meanwhile, time did not stand still. Nowadays, anyone who visits Utrecht can’t help but marvel at the total makeover of the city centre.

Operation Open Heart. Twenty Years of Building the Utrecht Station Area looks back at that time and reveals the dynamic decision-making process that lay behind the changes. Residents, architects, investors, politicians, civil servants and even a former resident of the former junk tunnel under Hoog Catharijne are interviewed. They all speak candidly and explain, from their own perspective, how the station area has fared.