The nice two-story house, named ‘Monte Carmelo’, was built in 1891 by Augustín Bethencourt Jr. His father’s bookstore and publishing company, ‘Bethencourt e Hijos’, was well known, even beyond Curaçao. In the early 20th century, a famous pie baker named Barberine van der Dijs, affectionately known as Shon Anina, lived here. She gained island-wide fame for her delicious pies, learning the artistry in Puerto Rico. The craft was continued by her foster daughters, Graciela and Priscilla Wallé. Since 2001, the house has been an integral part of the Kura Hulanda Museum.
The house’s facade boasts colorful decorations and elegant moldings. At the rear, adjacent to Kura Hulanda Museum’s entrance, you can see the remnants of Barberine’s oven, along with a tower-like structure housing a huge rainwater tank and a room on top.
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Semi-detached two-storey structure. Three parallel hipped roofs over core area and front and rear gallery. Front façade: door and windows placed in four axes. Windows on first floor with inverted ogee arch below window sills, door and windows on ground floor with arched tympanum containing masonry mosaic. Profiled pilasters on corners. Two-storey structure at rear side covered with pyramidal roof.
Architectural historical and esthetical value because of the characteristic ornamentation of door and windows. Architectural historical and cultural historical value because of the floor plan with core, front and rear gallery typical of Curaçao. Specific value as part of a protected monumental townscape and its location in the upper part of sloping IJzerstraat.
Not listed in Register of Monuments