Breda suffered two massive fires in 1490 and in 1534. Large parts of the city that comprised mostly of wooden houses, were destroyed. After this, many people started building houses out of stone, some were even ordered to do so by the local government.
The newly built houses of the sixteenth century often had step gables on the front of the house. As the front gables of houses were renovated more often, most step gables still remain today, as opposed to the side or back gables that were built at the time. The side gable on Havermarkt 5-7 is one of the few that has survived the years. The original name of this building is ‘De Dry Keerssen’.