By Michèle Coppin
Founded in 1296, the picturesque town of Veere has a long history tied to commerce and shipping, and was once Holland's main naval base. Nowadays, it is mainly a tourist destination; its quiet streets seem frozen in time.
The black houses in Veere resemble English cottages, due to a history of trade with the British. In contrast, the early Dutch secular architecture heralds a time when the importance of public life was symbolized through brick and stone. Examples of this can be found on Veere’s local civic buildings.
Contrasting the brick and stone, the wooden window shutters of the Town Hall display the same black and white theme in shiny, lacquered paint.
In the North Sea's climate of storms, rain, fog, salt air and the occasional ray of sun, wood must be heavily varnished to remain sustainable. Cabot Stains offers a variety of easy-to-use stains that can create a similar look.
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