Ajax’ story

By | Histories

At the foot of Harwood Ave. S. you will find Veterans Point Gardens, dedicated to HMS Ajax, the Royal Navy ship after which the Town was named. Before the Second World War, the territory in which Ajax is situated was a rural part of the township of Pickering. The town itself was first established in 1941 when a Defence Industries Limited (D.I.L.) shell plant was constructed and a townsite grew around the plant.

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Back to Berlage’s original intent

By | Histories, Uncategorized

It is worth taking a closer look into this former commodity exchange, now cultural centre, designed by the architect H.P. Berlage. He is considered to be the father of modern architecture in the Netherlands mainly because of his design for this Exchange. With this building, Berlage succeeded in freeing himself of the historicizing styles and gave architecture a rational basis, in which he subordinated decoration to architectural elements.

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