St. Maarten Abandoned

I’ve always been fascinated by ruins and abandoned buildings. From a very young age I used go around my birth island of Curaçao, in search of ruins of what once were majestical places. To me these buildings or rather what is left of them, represent what once was and could one day be again. They hold memories of eras long gone. Some represent ancient evil like slavery, abuse and even murder. However, I choose to only see the beauty in these old buildings and I choose to hope that one day they will be restored to their former glory.

So I set off in search of St. Maarten’s past, husband in tow. It took some convincing but he relented and joined me in my quest. What follows is a beautiful photo series I want to introduce to my blog: St. Maarten Abandoned. I hope you enjoy it.

Old Front street home

Still standing after numerous hurricanes

Old home on Front street

An old house stands steady on Front street in Philipsburg. Proof that homes were built so much stronger back then.

The party villa

Remnants of a party villa

What remains today of what once was a party villa. Rumours have it that the couple who once inhabited this place killed each other over a jealous fit.

Remains of a party villa

Entrance to the lower level

Remains of a party villa

What was once a sitting room

Remains of a prty villa

Beautiful arches

Remains of a party villa

This was probably the master bath and bedroom. A beautiful balcony used to allow for one of the island’s best views.

Little Guana Bay home

If these walls could talk I would ask them what happy memories they hold

Little Guana Bay home

A veranda where the inhabitants once sat and sipped tea in the mornings. Just imagine how beautiful it must have been back then.

Little Guana Bay home

A charming little house stands slowly decaying

Ruins of a Oyster Pons hotel lobby

What remains today of the lobby of a Oyster Pond hotel

Remains of what must have been a gorgeous hotel lobby back in the day

Ruins of a resort in Oyster Bay

What remains today of the lobby of a resort in Oyster Bay

Ruins of an old Oyster Bay Resort

Hallway to the “chambres” or rooms in this once chic resort in Oyster Bay