CURAÇAO HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao – Curaçao Heritage Foundation – was founded in 1954. The private foundation is the oldest and largest organization in the field of preservation of monuments in Curaçao with over 120 monuments under management, including town houses, forts, plantation houses and even a former synagogue. Several of these were acquired when they were already in a dilapidated state and threatened to be lost. By now most have been restored.

DISCOVER THE COLORS OF HISTORIC WILLEMSTAD

With its many monuments, downtown Willemstad is culture-historically quite valuable and unique in the region. The town finds its origin in the construction of Fort Amsterdam (1635) by the Dutch West Indies Company, on the eastern side of the harbor entrance (St. Anna Bay). In the second half of the 17th century, the town of Willemstad was created north of the fort. The previously on three sides walled city, situated on a tip of a peninsula, is now called Punda. During the 18th century three suburbs arose outside the city walls; Pietermaai, Scharloo and on the western shore of the St. Anna Bay, Otrobanda. These four districts now comprise Historical Willemstad.

In the oldest part of the city you can now only find a handful of buildings from the 17th century. From the subsequent 18th century several beautiful merchant houses are preserved. These are built in the typical Curaçao baroque style with its curved façade lines, scrolls and arcades in the façades.

Thanks to a flourishing colonial trade the prosperity can clearly be seen in these 18th century monuments. The subsequent architecture from the first half of the 19th century is quite subdued.

During the second half of the 19th century the local architectural style is mainly influenced by the neo-classicism in both a simple and a more exuberant form. This style has spawned several stately symmetrical buildings in particularly the districts Scharloo and Otrobanda. Plenty of construction took place downtown in the 20th century; in particular in commercial districts. Some specific examples can be found in the Functionalism and Art Deco.

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Kuiperstraat 2B

ANG 975 / per month incl. OB
This one bedroom apartment in the oldest house in Willemstad has an adorable wooden balcony and spacious living spa [more]
This one bedroom apartment in the oldest house in Willemstad has an adorable wooden balcony and spacious living spa [more]

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Kuiperstraat 2B

ANG 975 / per month incl. OB
This one bedroom apartment in the oldest house in Willemstad has an adorable wooden balcony and spacious living spa [more]
This one bedroom apartment in the oldest house in Willemstad has an adorable wooden balcony and spacious living spa [more]

RENTED – Bonairestraat 9

ANG 950 / per month incl. OB
This one bedroom corner house at the highest part of Otrobanda has an attractive terraced garden with views over th [more]
This one bedroom corner house at the highest part of Otrobanda has an attractive terraced garden with views over th [more]

RENTED – Hendriksteeg 21B

ANG 950 / per month incl. OB
Spacious second floor apartment in former corral for couple or small family.
Spacious second floor apartment in former corral for couple or small family.
21 90 m2full info
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Van Dijksteeg 1

ANG 1,200 / per month incl. OB
This spacious unit sits between three alleys in the heart of Otrobanda and features spacious living spaces, four be [more]
This spacious unit sits between three alleys in the heart of Otrobanda and features spacious living spaces, four be [more]
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Koningin Wilhelminastraat 1

Price to be agreed upon
Overlooking the suspension Wilhelmina bridge, this magnificent building is very suitable as an office space for a m [more]
Overlooking the suspension Wilhelmina bridge, this magnificent building is very suitable as an office space for a m [more]
4 1,150 m2full info
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Bargestraat 29

ANG 1,700 / per month incl. OB
Two units have been combined to form a newly restored and modern apartment on charming Bargestraat.
Two units have been combined to form a newly restored and modern apartment on charming Bargestraat.
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Scharlooweg 70

ANG 5,000 / per month incl. OB
This is the ideal turn-key office space for a small to medium sized company, located on the prestigious Scharlooweg [more]
This is the ideal turn-key office space for a small to medium sized company, located on the prestigious Scharlooweg [more]
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Villa Maria

N. van den Brandhofstraat 2 - 6
Starting at ANG 8,000 / per month incl. OB
Villa Maria is a versatile location, both suitable as office space, or as part of a meetings & events venue. The to [more]
Villa Maria is a versatile location, both suitable as office space, or as part of a meetings & events venue. The to [more]
3 200 m2full info