The photos on this page were taken by Johan Edinga. Starting in 1962. In the photo above, the new town hall is under construction. The old one is still there. The pharmacy of Venlet is also still present and further down the Burgemeester Jansenstraat are several buildings that will disappear. The Markt, Nieuwstraat, Molenstraat and Stationsplein are ready and the Marktstraat has also been completed, so the reconstruction is almost complete.

A year later, the City Hall was finished and the old one was demolished. The new one is a design by architect Berghoef and is now a national monument. I worked there for about 11 years during my school and study days, and I got to know every corner. Then it became a bit "my" building.
I have also been several times in the 59 meter high tower, where Berghoef was inspired by cities such as Siena and Florence. This was apparently a point of discussion during the construction phase: Hengelo was growing rapidly and many new homes were needed. Some thought the tower was just a waste of stones.
During the time I worked there, there have been various internal renovations, both in the main building and in the municipal office next door. That municipal office was demolished in 2011 and a new municipal office was built for that purpose on Deldenerstraat. The town hall was restored to its original condition in 2020 after a thorough renovation.
It is also striking that more and more traffic is driving through the city center from Deldenerstraat and Thiemsbrug via Burgemeester Jansenplein.

After the last old elements had been cleaned up, the reconstruction of the city center was completed. With regard to the reconstruction of Hengelo, an entire website is currently up and running (click here). Many do not find Hengelo's city center that special, but it is. The MinOCW Cultural Heritage Agency has declared the city center one of the 30 characteristic reconstruction areas and one of the 7 characteristic residential areas. See here for a brochure from MinOCW about this. By the way, Klein-Driene is also one of those 30 areas.
If you look at the photos below, you must conclude that the first structures have already disappeared from the scene. The building of the IJsselcentrale already disappeared with the redevelopment around the turn of the century and the Ebenauerpand ("Mickey") has recently disappeared for the new Burg. Jansenplein.

In 1989 Johan Edinga went through Hengelo again with his camera. For a year, all the major traffic around the city was diverted by the construction of the Kardinaalshoed and the A35, and Hengelo gained access to a real city yard. For many the pictures will be recognizable, because it is "only" about 30 years ago. If you look closely, you will recognize many buildings and shops that have now all disappeared. Changes just keep going.