You’ve probably walked past it, but there’s a good chance you didn’t notice it. That is not surprising because the building is only 92 cm wide. We are talking about the narrowest building in The Hague on the Lange Voorhout, next to the former building of the Supreme Court.
There different stories are going around about the narrowest house in The Hague. In this message from the municipality about walking along The Hague architecture we read that the house was built by someone with little money who still wanted to live in style . Once upon a time, taxes had to be paid on the width of the windows and then a very narrow house naturally offers a solution. This turns out not to be true. In a newspaper article of the Haagse Courant from 1985 we find the answer. And that is different than expected.
In 1760 Adrienne Huguetan married Henri Charles Nassau La Lecq on a prenuptial agreement. Adrienne was already highly emancipated for her time and wanted to keep her wealth in her own possession. This changed when Adrienne became 1739 died after a long illness.
Her husband Henri was her only heir, but Adrienne had set strict conditions for bequeathing her assets. For example, the beautiful house could only be sold against a public auction. Her husband Henri didn’t care and sold the house to the neighbor with house number 200 (Baron Jan Tuyll van Serooskerken) for 92.000 guilder.