Schunck Glass Palace Rest Centre

The Netherlands




Heerlen's iconic glass palace, designed in the 1930s by architect Fritz Peutz, has a turbulent war history. The top floor was, for instance, equipped with anti-aircraft guns and the building was damaged by bombs three times. After the liberation in September 1944, some American generals set up their headquarters there for a brief period and the building served as a 'rest centre' for American and French troops for months.

Rest centres were locations where soldiers could recuperate for a few days after serving at the frontline. Dance evenings were organised for much-needed relaxation. Only ladies from Heerlen selected by the priest were allowed to attend.


Bongerd 18, 6411 JM Heerlen