Brick flowers in a brick barge on a brick gable


This is a gable decoration on the building of the Bloemenlust flower auction house on the Oosteinderweg in Aalsmeer just South of Amsterdam. I ran into it today while biking through the neighbourhood. It’s carved entirely out of brick. The text—abreviated here and there—reads Bloemenlust Co√∂peratieve Veilingsvereeniging (Bloemenlust co-operative auction association).

After a merger in 1968 with the Centrale Veiling and a subsequent move to a new location, the 1922 building became a restaurant. The new auction would go on the become the largest in the world for flowers, housed in the second largest building in terms of floor space.


  1. Eric says:

    Wow, nowadays we only have one domino-day every year. Back in the 20’s they apparently had 2 years of it :-D

  2. Branko Collin says:

    Brick typos. :-)

  3. Orangemaster says:


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