Henriquez Building


Address: Schelpstraat 36-38
Year built: 19th Century
Open to public: Yes

This residence was constructed toward the conclusion of the 19th century. It was, along with the adjacent merchant’s house (number 36), constructed in the early 20th century and comprises a two-unit structure. Abelardo Henriquez was the proprietor of this property, known for being a tailor, ship owner, and merchant. This building was formerly referred to as ‘la casa de la municipalidad’ (the municipal house) due to Henriquez’s substantial contributions to the community. The taller merchant’s house at number 36 likely dates back to the turn of the century. While it exhibits the characteristics of a warehouse, it’s worth noting that the upper floor was utilized as a residence.

On April 17, 1997, the Monuments Fund of Aruba successfully acquired the complex from Abelardo Jr. A comprehensive restoration effort was undertaken, ultimately concluding in 2002.

The Henriquez building is the current home of the Monumentenbureau (Monument Office).