Institutions and Organizations
For the process of
monument preservation on Curaçao, three main
fields of responsibility can be identified generally.
Each field is the responsibility of one or more institutions
and organizations. These fields are:
These fields with their respective institutions and
organizations are summarized in the table below:
Co-ordination and financing
Willemstad Urban Rehabilitation Corporation
Foundation has a supporting role in the process of
Curaçao ( The Curaçao Monuments Council )
The Monuments Council is
an independent advisory body established by law in 1990.
Its members are professionals with expertise in areas
related to monument preservation. They are appointed by
the Island Government.
The Council provides advice on
monuments policy matters, criteria for the designation
of monuments, appeal by owners on the designation of
their property as a monument and on requests for the
demolition of monuments.
The Monuments Bureau )
Established in 1990, the
Monuments Bureau is part of the Department of Urban and
Regional Development Planning and Housing (DROV).
Bureau is responsible for the development of a
preservation policy, the implementation and enforcement
of the Island Monuments Ordinance and for the process of
the designation of monuments and their inclusion in the
Register of Protected Monuments.
The Bureau coordinates
the process to issue restoration and building permits.
Stadsvernieuwing ( The Urban Redevelopment Secretariat )
The Urban Redevelopment
Secretariat was established in 1989.
Its main task is to coordinate and tune in programs for
preservation and infrastructure within the inner city,
currently based on the Urban Development Plan for
Willemstad in 2001.
All actors active in the management
and development of the Historic Inner City are included
in the process of implementation of the Plan using an
area-based bottom-up approach with neighbourhood
Monumentenfonds Curaçao ( The Curaçao Monuments Fund
The Monuments Fund
Foundation provides subsidies for the restoration of
monuments. The foundation was established in 1992. The
Fund’s capital is raised from sources of the government
and the private sector.
The Fund has been set up as the
main window to the public and prospective clients.
Services provided by the Fund are the provision of
subsidies and soft loans to owners of monuments,
technical guidance of clients during the restoration
process and the provision of information and advice to
prospective clients, architects and contractors on
legal, financial, technical and preservation matters.
Willemstad ( The Willemstad Urban Rehabilitation
This Corporation was
established in 1992 following the recommendations of the
Monuments Plan. It has been set up as a business
enterprise, making use of public and private funds and
As a commercial enterprise, it sets itself to
purchase and restore historic buildings and place the
restored property on the real estate market. The
Corporation’s restored property, in almost all cases, is
rented out to commercial institutions such as banks and
Popular ( The Curaçao Housing Foundation )
The Curaçao Housing
Foundation is active in the field of social housing.
Since the late-eighties the Foundation has acquired
quite a number of dwellings for restoration in the
‘Action Areas’ for monument preservation in the inner
The Foundation substantially contributes to the
strengthening of the residential function of the
historic inner city. In recent years new housing
complexes have been developed in the old city in a
contemporary architectural style which is nevertheless
consistent with the grammar of the historical architecture
of the old city districts.
Monumentenzorg Curaçao ( The Curaçao Monuments
Until the mid-eighties The
Curaçao Monuments Foundation was the sole organization
active in the field of monument preservation.
The Foundation’s primary task is to acquire, restore and
manage cultural property and save it for future
It further seeks to promote public
awareness and interest for Curaçao’s cultural heritage.
Established in 1954, the Foundation is the oldest and
now largest organization in the field of the
preservation of monuments. Currently some 100 historic
buildings and building complexes island wide are owned
by the Foundation.
Monumento ( The Pro Monumento Foundation )
The Pro Monumento
Foundation, ProMo as it is nicknamed by the public, was
established in 1993. The Foundation acts as a pressure
group with a watchdog function.
The group continuously
monitors developments and projects within the historic
areas and alertly takes steps against developers or the
government when felt necessary.
ProMo has taken up the task to raise public awareness
among the public. In order to achieve this ProMo
organizes the highly successful Monumento Habrí events,
Open Monuments Days, every two years and takes
initiatives to develop heritage education programmes.