The building on Veemarktstraat 38 is a classic example of an early twentieth century shop with living quarters upstairs.
There used to be a house on this spot called ‘t Vergulde Slot’ or simply ‘tSlot’, but a new house was built in its place in 1910. Or at least, the gable on the front of the building and the interior are new. The side walls were often recycled. These side walls are also called ‘gemene muren’, as they are shared with the neighbor.
The building was designed by architect J.M. Marijnen who is mostly known for his revivalistic architecture. This style was popular in the nineteenth century, consciously echoing previous architectural styles like gothic, renaissance, romanesque etcetera. The style of the gable is also described as Jugendstil but has been heavily influenced by revivalism. The fine, flat details that characterize this kind of gable were lost when they were painted over.