The P.C. Hooftstraat History of the Street

Pieter Cornelis Hooft

The PC Hooftstraat arose late nineteenth century at the time of the construction of the Vondelpark. Initially, the P.C. Hooftstraat was an ordinary residential street, with homes based on designs by the famous architect Pierre Cuypers. Cuypers also designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station.

Call for luxury
In the early days of the P.C. Hooftstraat, luxury were hard to come by you would simply only find  the local day to day need stores. In 1876 the street was named after the historian, poet and playwright Pieter Cornelis Hooft. The 70 had been started and the call for a luxury shopping was partly due to the impoverishment of the Kalverstraat, louder and louder. Luxury shops left from the Kalverstraat to the P.C. Hooftstraat. Slowly but surely transformed the streets of ordinary neighborhood street to chic shopping. Butcher shops and bookstores had to make way for luxury international fashion brands. Rents increased tremendously this with the result that the final self departed early 80s from the street.

Today, the 300-meter PC Hooftstraat a fashionable shopping street in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid. The street is close to famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. Moreover, the street in the top ten of the most elegant shopping streets in the world.

Who is Pieter Cornelis?

In 1581 Pieter Cornelis Hooft was born as the son of the mayor of Amsterdam. He grew up in a rich merchant family. Hooft was an early interest in art and literature, and quickly grew this passion into his work. After traveling through Europe Hooft began writing poems, plays and books. Hooft is considered one of the founders of the literary culture in the Netherlands. Today Hooft enjoy eternal fame and his name is forever linked to the most prestigious shopping street of the Netherlands.