In 1857, Cathalina Isenia Helm constructed a two-story mansion next to the house on the right she had built two years earlier. Behind the mansion, a small two-story kitchen building equipped with fireplaces and an oven can be seen. The remnants of the old cistern with an aqueduct have been transformed into a pond.
Cathalina and Thomas Cornelis Haayen lived in the spacious house with their children. Thomas, being a merchant, frequently traveled to Europe to procure merchandise, which he then sold in Curaçao and Venezuela. Some of the goods were sold on the ground floor of their mansion.
After the couple passed away, their descendants continued to reside in the house for an extended period. Their grandson, Charles (Chacha) Henriquez (1877-1958), used to host musical events when he lived here, highlighting the family’s well-known musical talents.
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Large detached two-storey structure. Gable roof over core area, adjoining slant roofs over front and rear gallery. Funnel-shaped gables with 19th century top ends marked with year 1857. Profiled cornice over front and west façade. Front façade with doors and windows laid out in three axes, two full-frontage horizontal bands between rows of windows. Sash windows in interior wall separating core and galleries. Cistern with aqueduct and additional two-storey structure in backyard.
Architectural historical value because of the 19th century building elements and details, and the sash windows between core and galleries. Architectural historical and cultural historical value because of the floor plan typical of Curaçao. Specific value as part of a protected monumental townscape.