Catshuis

The Catshuis (English: House of Cats), initially known as Huis Sorgvliet (English: Sorgvliet House), is the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Built between 1651 and 1652 for Jacob Cats, the edifice was renamed after him after his death.

It lies in the governmental seat The Hague on the road to Scheveningen. It has been the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 1963 although Dries van Agt was the last officeholder to live in the building. Current Prime Minister Mark Rutte lives in a flat Downtown The Hague closer to his office, the Torentje in the Binnenhof. The residence is currently used to house political meetings and receive official guests.

Catshuis
President Abbas arriveert bij het Catshuis (5887934922)
Former names Huis Sorgvliet
General information
Location Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
Address Adriaan Goekooplaan 10, 2517 JX
Country Netherlands
Current tenants Mark Rutte (2010–present)
Construction started 6 May 1651
Completed 14 July 1652
Client Jacob Cats
Design and construction
Architect Claes Dircx van Balckeneynde

History

As Huis Sorgvliet it was built on the site of a former farm, probably part of the living quarters were incorporated in the left wing, by Jacob Cats (1577–1660), a prominent poet and politician who lived there since 14 July 1652. Originally it had only one story.

In 1675 estate Sorgvliet came into the possession of Hans Willem Bentinck, chamberlain of the future King-Stadholder William III (1650–1702). His son, Willem Bentinck, had a bronze bell and tower installed in 1738.

To conform with modern norms of security, logistics, climatisation, hygiene, comfort and technical aspects of management, it was extensively renovated from 1999 to 2004.

Sources

Coordinates: 52°05′24″N 4°17′06″E / 52.090°N 4.285°E

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