The city archive of Amsterdam is located in the beautiful former Bank building “De Bazel” named after its architect Karel Bazel was build between 1919 en 1926 fot the “Nederlandsche Handelmaatschappij”(Dutch Trading Company). De BaZel is a national monument, the style of architecture is Art Deco and a theosophical message is what the architect Karel Bazel wanted to convey.Beside the extensive archive, which is freely accessible, there is a coffee bar, a bookstore with work about the city of Amsterdam. There are also exhibitions, you can visit the safe and there is a permanent film presentation about the history of Amsterdam. A number of rooms are available (hire) for meetings, weddings and seminars. A visit to the archives of Amsterdam, building “De Basel”, is worthwhile, especially for lovers of architecture more than worth it. And of course also for genealogical research.
Fascinating information held in an incredible art deco building that was once a bank. The vaults downstairs are particularly interesting.
Those who would like to take a more in-depth view into the history of Amsterdam are welcome to visit the ‘city archives’. The archives are located in a large building with a history of its own, which you can learn more about during one of their guided tours. You can choose to take a general tour or a more specific, themed, tour. Also in the building you will find study rooms, workstations equipped with computers, and finally a book shop – with any and every book published on the topic of Amsterdam.