- East of Centraal Station is the Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House), at the Prins Hendrikkade. The building was finished in 1916 by the architect J.M. van der Mey and others. This building is considered a masterpiece of the Amsterdam School style of architecture, popular at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Scheepvaarthuis, due to its grey image and pseudo-gothic construction, reminds the passer-by of Gotham, the city of Batman, which was inspired by New York at night. It was originally built for the big shipping companies. Later, it housed the local passenger transport company.
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