In the prosperous provincial towns, trading centers for rural areas, notables were building appropriate housing. Think of the doctor, notary, mayor and bank managers.
The property "Grotestraat 196" was originally built in 1879 for 1 family.
Richly decorated facades had to spread the wealth. Side and rear were kept simpler. Indoors too, luxury was created by paneling and decorated ceilings with stucco.
The façade was right on the street, they had no front yard. An elevated pavement of stone kept the pedestrian traffic in front of the façade a little distant, so that a little more privacy was created in the house.
There was a backyard with driveway along the left side of the house. Some years later a coach house was built.