About the architect
Willem Molenbroek (1863-1922) studied at the Polytechnic School in Delft in the 1880s and started his career in Rotterdam. At the age of 26 he became a member of the Rotterdam Society for Architecture and Friendship, of which Prof. Henri Evers was honorary chairman. He was three on the board as second secretary. After his bankruptcy in December 1903 he moved to The Hague, where he may have participated in the competition for the Peace Palace in 1905.
About his work
Molenbroek was initially mainly active as an architect of office and retail premises in Rotterdam, deriving his fame from the still existing office tower 'Het Witte Huis' (The White House). He also built a shopping warehouse in The Hague and the Rembrandt Theatre (together with Breman) in Amsterdam. As far as can be ascertained, Molenbroek left behind a modest oeuvre, most of which was destroyed by the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940.