This building, previously known as the ‘Algemene Secretarie’ or General Secretariat, was constructed in 1857-1858 to house government offices. In the 18th century, this site served as an arsenal, and in the 19th century, it was used for officers’ residences. From 1957 to 2010, it accommodated the Council of Ministers of the Netherlands Antilles, and since 2010, it has been the location of the offices of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers of autonomous Curaçao. The building features a symmetrical block-shaped design, which reflects the neoclassical architectural style that gained popularity on the island in the mid-19th century.
Name of property:
Council of Ministers
Detached two-storey cube-shaped structure in inner court of the fort. Three parallel hipped roofs replaced (in the 1950’s) by one hipped roof with a flat section in the middle. All façades equipped with a heavy cornice with dentils. Front façade laid out in five axes with sash windows. Small balcony on first floor. Pilasters on both sides of central door section and on corners.
Architectural historical and cultural historical value as part of Fort Amsterdam, one of the oldest structures on the island. Ditto, as the seat of government from way back. Specific value as part of a protected monumental townscape.