Architects shape the town. We have been lucky to have been able to attract interesting architects over the years. Some were even born here or have been fellow-Alkmaarders. Naturally, the Mechelen architect Anthonius Keldermans (1440-1512) deserves to be mentioned here first. Together with his brother and sons he delivered a major architectural achievement in Alkmaar history: the Grote Kerk! In him we honour all those architects, often anonymous, who left us so many wonderful monuments in our town. But in modern times too, the town’s beauty was enhanced with exceptional creations. Of the two churches which Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921; also the architect of i.e. Rijksmuseum and Central Station Amsterdam) built in our town, St Laurentius (1861) on the Verdronkenoord fortunately still exists. His pupil Jan Stuyt (1868-1934) saw to it that our tired town hall on the Langestraat got a new lease of life in 1913. He also built the splendid St Elizabeth’s hospital, part of which is still preserved in the care-home Westerhout. At no great distance the Westerlicht complex by the architect Saal (1884-1945), who worked from Alkmaar, Holland’s first home for the elderly in a park setting (1932), awaits a new destination. Jan Wils (1891 -1972), Alkmaarder by birth, learnt the trade from the great Berlage. Through him he got in touch with the famous American architect of the new building Frank Lloyd Wright. Huize De Lange, various houses in the Nassau district and the grandstand of the sportspark are some monuments he left us. His influence and that of Frank Lloyd Wright are to be found back in in the original Ringers building, by the architect Ringers, who built Huize De Lange before Wils. Kropholler (1881-1973) designed the new Benedictine Abbey of Egmond but also the Hooge Huys (1931) and the adjacent police station (1936), now a restaurant. Very distinctive buildings at the beginning of the Langestraat. Piet Tauber (Alkmaar 1927) has designed and carried out the construction of many buildings in the difficult post-second World War period of reconstruction. Much has since disappeared. But we still have his magnificent Telephone Exchange, working space for ia artists and it-entrepreneurs.