Paviljoen de Witte – Scheveningen

Paviljoen de Witte - Koninklijke Allure

The Pavilion Von Wied (also: The Royal Pavilion and Pavilion De Witte) is an royal residence in Scheveningen. It was built in 1827 by order of King William I as a birthday present for his wife Queen Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina of Prussia. She had to stay close to the sea in connection with her health and she drew and painted a lot here. The pavilion was built according to a neoclassical design by Adriaan Noordendorp in the shape of a cross and with two stream gods, Waal with trident and Maas with oar at the entrance. Initially this was called 'The Royal Pavilion'. Willem I left the pavilion to his son Prince Frederick who did not stay there often. Frederiks daughter Marie inherited the pavilion in 1881. Then it was named after her family; she was married to Wilhelm Adolf van Wied. Until 1911, the pavilion would remain the property of her family. Edward Titus Rubinstein bought the pavilion of the Von Wied family and sold it to Sociëteit De Witte seven years later.

In 1926 a major renovation and expansion was started under the direction of architect J. Limburg. Three-quarters of the land was sold to the N.V. Bouw- en Exploitatie-Maatschappij. Twenty townhouses were built on these meadows under the architecture of Yme Bouma, followed by a building plan of 22 mansions by architect J. Kooyman.

In 1994 another major renovation was completed, this time under the direction of Wim Quist. He realized, among other things, the Beelden aan Zee museum under the pavilion. The original house that has been belonging to Sociëteit De Witte since 1918 is used by the members in the summer months.