Willem Albert Scholten had set his sights on building his own palace in the heart of Groningen. He bought three buildings on the Grote Markt, had them demolished and built his enormous house here in an eclectic style. In 1881 he and his family moved into the building he had built. However, the building also has a loaded and sad history. During the Second World War, the house was confiscated by the Germans and used as one of the headquarters of the Sicherheitsdienst and the Sicherheitspolizei. During the war many resistance fighters were imprisoned here, interrogated, tortured and later executed. During the liberation of Groningen, the building was heavily shelled, set on fire and eventually completely destroyed.
Now, many years later, The Market Hotel has been built on exactly this spot.
Because of the historical connection and the story of this special Groninger, it was decided to name the restaurant in The Market Hotel after Willem Albert Scholten. As a tribute and as a reminder of our shared history. A turbulent story that is kept alive by commemorating it so that history is not forgotten.