The Mariahoeve from 1933 is a farm complex in the style of the Delft School. The architect ir. M. Gerritzen had the ideal that "the construction should fit into the landscape. The result is a farm type from Friesland that consists of a head, neck and trunk: the so-called head-neck-torso farm. Seen from the air, the main house and adjoining farmhouse would have the shape of a reclining cow. The building and its interior are almost entirely in their original condition.



Year built



M. Gerritzen

Building Style

Delft School


The Gerritzen family

Past function

Farmhouse with farmhouse

Special feature

Representative example of a head-neck hull farmhouse

Owned by Monumentenbezit

Since 2020

Visitor information

The Mariahoeve in Hazerswoude is privately occupied and therefore not accessible.


Hoogeveenseweg 14, 2391 NR Hazerswoude-Dorp

In 1933, contractor G. de Bont realized the design of architect ir. M. Gerritzen. The building is built in red brick (cross bond) with bands above the windows, segmental and round-arch relief arches. The gables are finished with wickerwork. Against the rear facade is a small extension under a pent roof, equipped with two hinged doors. To the west of the farmhouse is the former pigsty.

The design refers to the 17th century. For example, the round arches above the window frames in the front facade feature natural stone blocks. Yet the Mariahoeve is clearly a 20th century farmhouse.

Unique is the almost perfectly preserved interior with original layout and various details, including the original front door with wrought iron fittings. The cohesion between interior and exterior make the Mariahoeve a special and valuable monument. Since 2020, the monument has been owned by Monumentenbezit.

The Mariahoeve is a representative example of a 1930s head-neck-rump farmhouse. This farm type owes its name to its resemblance to a reclining cow. The living quarters are located in the front house. This is the head of the cow. The lowest part of the farm complex is the neck and forms the connection between the living area and the farm area. The harvest storage and cattle pens are located in the trunk.

This type of farm is found mainly in Friesland and Groningen.

The architect of the farmhouse is Delft native ir. M. Gerritzen (1902-1990). Gerritzen was strongly influenced by Prof. M.J. Granpré Molière while studying architecture at Delft University of Technology. Molière was a professor of architecture between 1924 and 1953 and the most important foreman of the Delft School architectural movement. The Delft School is a traditional and austere architectural style that was mainly applied between 1925 and 1955. This movement attached great importance to traditional values. Other characteristics of this architectural style are the almost exclusive use of brick and the principle that form is determined by function.

Gerritzen therefore designed the farm in the style of the Delfste School. He chose a farm type that originated in Friesland. The architect worked on the overall design of both interior and exterior, down to the smallest details. Much attention was paid to the high artisanal quality of the execution, as evidenced by the use of hand-forged nails, among other things.

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