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1708 - Penha Building - Willemstad, Curacao
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 12° 06.342 W 068° 56.062
19P E 507141 N 1338242
Quick Description: Built in 1708, the Penha Building is the most photographed architectural structure of Curacao and was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Buildings in 1997.
Location: Curaçao
Date Posted: 3/25/2014 7:52:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMKDFV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Sieni
Views: 5

Long Description:
Constructed in 1708, The Penha Building on the island of Curacao was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. It is the most photographed building of downtown Willemstad, the capital of Curacao.

Per the official "Monuments of Curacao" website: (visit link)

Name of property:
Penha Building

Heerenstraat 1, Punda

Semi-detached three-story structure. Core and side gallery topped with two corner balconies and three pavilions placed perpendicular to core. Gable roofs over core and three pavilions, all closed by inward and outward curved gables with profiled mouldings, volutes and semicircular top ends. Front and side façade with arcades. All facades have tall shutter windows flanked by pilasters. Windows of gallery in addition equipped with moulded arches.

Monument value:
Architectural historical value because of the characteristic 18th century gables, the arcades and the rich plastered ornamentation. Architectural historical and cultural historical value because of the gallery added later on, typical of Punda. Specific value as part of a protected monumental townscape and the prominent landmark location.

Construction period:
1708 marked on east and west gable tops / Gallery

Present use:
Year of construction: 1708

Full inscription:
1708 PENHA

Cross-listed waymark: Not listed

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