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Nieuwpoort , Santa Barbara

Commercial Building. Photo Michael A. Newton, 2018 Commercial Building. Photo Michael A. Newton, 2018 Commercial Building. Photo Michael A. Newton, 2018


Name of property: Industrieel complex Nieuwpoort



Industrial complex Newport, remaining structures of phosphate mining company started by the Englishman John Godden in 1875 on Santa Barbara plantation. Structures of the mining complex are located east of Tafelberg and at Fuik Bay and consist of commercial buildings, workshops and other facilities, detached houses for the staff, residential camp with barracks for the workers, water basins, cisterns and rainwater catchers, railway station and fragments of railway line, ammunition warehouses and cemetery. Characteristic features of the older buildings are imported English roof tiles and building style and methods influenced by English architecture.

Monument value:

Ensemble value because of the coherence between the structures of the former mining complex; architectural and cultural-historical values because of the integration of working, living and transport facilities; architectural-historical value because of characteristic and rare construction materials and methods used in the beginning the exploitation; cultural-historical value because of the large-scale industrial exploitation that was unique in the history of Curaçao.

Construction date: last quarter of the 19th century / first half of 20th century


Country: Netherlands Antilles
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