DO.CO.MO.MO. requests Government to save historical buildings of the old hospital
WILLEMSTAD – The Chairwoman of DO.CO.MO.MO. International, Mrs. Ana Tostoes, has recently sent a letter to the Government of Curaçao about the plans to demolish the south wing and the mortuary of the Saint Elisabeth Hospital in Otrabanda. The Government has already requested permission to demolish these buildings for the construction of the new hospital.
DO.CO.MO.MO. is the international committee for the Documentation and the Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. The two hospital buildings fall under this category. According to the organization, these buildings have outstanding historical and architectural values and were included in the Willemstad UNESCO Heritage Site because of their relevance within the context of the Caribbean architecture of the Modern Movement. “The buildings, both designed by C. M. Bakker, represent examples of this movement in Curaçao and are part of the invaluable diversity of architectural styles in Willemstad,” the letter indicated.
“We fully support our colleagues from DO.CO.MO.MO. Curaçao and the group of experts involved in their efforts to preserve the South Wing of the hospital and the Mortuary as well as to re-establish the original boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage Site,” the letter concluded.