Why is this building so special?
Its special architecture
Among other features, the Ooglijdersgasthuis stands out thanks to its remarkable corner towers and natural stone decorations on the facade.
A very distinctive architectural style
The building was designed by D. Kruyf. The architecture is a combination of Renaissance and neo-Gothic motifs. On this photo, dated 1893, they are celebrating that they have reached the highest part of the building.
Typical for its time
The architecture of the Ooglijdersgasthuis resembles that of many other buildings constructed in the late nineteenth century, such as the Rijksmuseum and Centraal Station in Amsterdam.
Also in Utrecht?
Another example of this neo-Renaissance architectural style in Utrecht is the former Organisch-Chemisch en Hygiënisch Laboratorium (Organic-Chemical and Hygienic laboratory) on the Catharijnesingel.
And the first eye clinic!
On top of all this, the Ooglijdersgasthuis was the first hospital in the Netherlands that was dedicated to patients with eye disease.