De Ewijckshoeve is an estate in the area of Den Dolder, in the Dutch province of Utrecht. In 1685 there was already a site named after the owner, Mr. Justus van Ewijck, member of the Van Ewijck family. However, he did not have the Ewijckshoeve house built until the nineties of the seventeenth century. In 1695 Ewijckshoeve was mentioned in the registers of the province of Utrecht.
Ewijkshoeve and it’s historical garden, +/- 1920-1925, photographer unknown
The house underwent major changes over the centuries. It burned to the ground in the early nineteenth century. The house that was built on the old foundations in 1830 has for the most part remained unchanged.
In the seventies of the nineteenth century the house came into the hands of the royal family, who also owned the nearby Soestdijk Palace and Prins Hendriksoord. Ewijckshoeve was then inhabited by Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands, a brother of King William III, who died in 1879. After his death, the house remained in the family’s possession for some time.
Over the years people wrote both Ewijckshoeve and Ewijkshoeve. The Witsen’s picked or the latter spelling, so I will do -from now on- the same.
A contractor bought it in 1881 and rented it to the father of painter Willem Witsen. It wasn’t until 1924 that it changed hands again (to my great grand parents!), after which corner rooms were built on either side of the house.
Coach House Ewijkshoeve, date between 1920 – 1925, photographer unknown
The house has a neoclassical style, the clearest element of that can be found at the front of the house. There are two Ionic columns here that carry the loggia above the front door. The two corner pillars are shown ionically on the first floor. There are four chimneys on top of the house. The coach house (where I grew up) was converted into a residence in 1925.