At this location you are facing an anti-tank wall.

Close to the Gemeentemuseum, there was a sharp kink in the Atlantic Wall where it turned towards Eisenhowerlaan (then known as Stadhouderslaan). As a result, the Catshuis and its grounds survived, although many of the large villas in this part of Zorgvliet had to be demolished. At this point, the view was of a concrete anti-tank wall. To the left and right, there were gun emplacements camouflaged with painted windows, doors and balustrades and with grass on their roofs. The houses on the Statenkwartier side stood empty or were used to billet members of the military. Slightly further away, level with Prins Mauritslaan, there was an entry point to the militarised zone, protected by dragon’s teeth. Most of the residents of the Statenkwartier had been evacuated and accommodated elsewhere in the district or, if they had no economic ties with The Hague, in other parts of the Netherlands.

After the Second World War, the surviving villas were repaired and the wasteland opposite them was gradually redeveloped to form The Hague’s International Zone.

PictureEuropol. Roel Wijnants / CC
Eisenhowerlaan in 1930

Eisenhowerlaan in 1930, then named 'Stadhouderslaan'. De first houses at the left side left still exist. The houses at the right side have been demolished. The Hague City Archives

Willem Frederiklaan, 1930

Willem Frederiklaan, 1930. C.J. de Gilde / The Hague City Archives

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House of former prime minister Colijn being demolished, 1943. The Hague City Archives

Anti-tank wall under construction

Anti-tank wall under construction. The Hague City Archives

Bunker with camouflage

Bunker with camouflage. The Hague City Archives

Anti-tankwall, 1945

The anti-tankwall just after the War. H.F. van Schouwen / The Hague City Archives

Demolition of anti-tank wall

Demolition of the anti-tank wall 1946. The Hague City Archives

Eisenhowerlaan, demolition of anti-tank wall

Demolition of the anti-tank wall, May 1946. The Hague City Archives