History of the old Washhouse
The old factory building is located at the Dommelstraat in the center of Eindhoven, It is on a territory of 7500 square meter, in 2008 reduced to 250 square meters. The Inkijkmusuem is located in an old washhouse that was part of the linenfactory Van den Briel en Verster.
After closure of the factory in the 60s and some years of vacancy the building was used by the police in order to stall bicycles.
Not long after, in 1974, a part of the factory is used by youthcenter Effenaar and since 1984 the cultural free-haven 2B is located at the east side of the building. Around 2000 the development of the location started. Effenaar got a new building. 2B is destroyed and ceased to exist, the garden behind the washhouse is turned into an ecological zone. The washhouse and front wall are the only original remaining parts of the factory.
History in bird’s eyes view:
- Built in 1884
- Renovated in 1922, second floor added. The house becomes a house for living instead of washing.
- From 1926 to 1935 inhabited by [unknown].
- From 1935 to 1959 inhabite dby family Schrürs.
- From 1959 to mei 1962 inhabited by Gerrit en Dini van Happen - van der Velden.
- From 1962 to 1995 inhabited by Jo Heesakkers.
- From 1996 till now inhabited by Martin Voorbij.
- 21 maart 2004: opening Inkijkmuseum.
- In 2007-2008 the house is renovated again, garden is reduced.
- On 8 november 2008 the Het Inkijkmuseum is officially re-opened.