The history of the Dordts Patrician House is inextricably linked to the Dordrecht harbor area. It is one of the most beautiful buildings on the 17th-century Wolwevershaven. Around the harbor, new trade and industry emerged, giving rise to houses of merchants, including the Dordts Patrician House. It’s delightful to stroll around, heading towards the house.
Thanks to digital 3D reconstruction, visitors can use their phones to look around the harbor from several viewpoints (‘hotspots’). They see how Wolwevershaven appeared at different moments in history. Walking along the harbor becomes literally walking through the past. One can observe how an area of city walls and sandbanks evolved into a thriving harbor with impressive residential and warehouse buildings.
The digital reconstruction is linked to background information. On-site, at the hotspots, this information can be accessed via ‘tags.’ How old is a particular facade, and who lived here? Which paintings were created here, and what events took place? If interested, users can click for more background information. This also makes the invisible past ‘behind’ the visible accessible. This interactive virtual experience of the past is currently unique in the Netherlands.