Bereft of a purpose since 1990, the baroque façade at Number 29 Kouter concealed little more than vacant property for a very long time, until, in the year 2000, its façade finally disappeared behind scaffolds, suggesting a welcome turn of fate.

There were new plans for the property: the Handelsbeurs was going to be transformed into a concert hall, a new haven for its initiator Noordstarfonds. In September 2002, the restored gateway once again opened to the public, bringing new life and a new soul to its core.