Learn More About The In- And Outside of the VESTA Building
How often do you pass by the VESTA building on the Jansbuitensingel 5 and wonder what the inside must look like?
We had the chance to visit the building and learn more about the in- and outside.
VESTA, Designed By Architect W. Diehl
In the middle of the 19th century, along the Jansbuitensingel and Jansbinnensingel whole series of neoclassical houses were built. Since 1907, the life insurance company VESTA was based in two of these houses on the Jansbuitensingel (numbers 3 and 5). Between 1900 and 1907 the Vesta office was at the Jansstraat 24.
In 1930 Arnhem architect W. Diehl, who already had many major projects to his name (among others Luxor theater), received the assignment to design a new office for the VESTA company. On May 18th 1932 the Vesta building was opened. This was Diehls final major project in Arnhem.
Name Plaque On The Wall
It seemed Diehl knew this was his last great design. So he immured the plans and put a name plaque on the wall.
In World War 2 a “Kommando Luftwaffe II” established its base in the office. The building came out of the war with minimal damages. This is quite an accomplishment since al lot of buildings were bombed in Arnhem during WW2.
Large Restoration in 1989
After a merger with insurance company Vesta Victoria (as merger in 2005, another part of Nationale Nederlanden), the building was empty at first, and it was briefly squatted house in 1984 . After that the VESTA building fell into the hands of various property developers.
When Westermeijer Group bought the building in 1989, the building was restored for NLG 2,500,000.- (€1,100,000.-).
Inside The VESTA Building
The inside of the VESTA building truly is stunning, beautiful and glamorous! Every where you look there is marble and golden chandeliers.
The red velvet carpet is the original carpet from 1930. That’s amazing! It still looked zo good, hardly looks like it has been used at all.
Stained Glass Windows
At the entrance, in the mail hall you and in the staircase you will find beautiful stained glass windows. They all depict a scene of farmers or regular people during their lives. From birth to death. This because most of the clients of the VESTA insurance company were as such “regular Joe’s”. The stained glass windows were designed by Jaap Gidding.
You Can Own The Building!
Yes that’s right, you can own the VESTA building! Currently it is for sale and the price already dropped a lot!
In 2001 the asking price was over €4.7500.00,- but it has dropped to € 2.200.000,- now. What a bargain!
Interior Sold at Auction
Unfortunately, all the interior and other items that used to come with the building were sold in auction in 2012.
Take a look at the video below what the place used to look like including it’s interior. The video is made by RTV Arnhem, and therefor in Dutch but you’ll get the idea.
Ever pass by this iconic building and wonder what the inside looks like? Check out our blog and find out!