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.
Still standing after numerous hurricanes
An old house stands steady on Front street in Philipsburg. Proof that homes were built so much stronger back then.
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.
Entrance to the lower level
What was once a sitting room
This was probably the master bath and bedroom. A beautiful balcony used to allow for one of the island’s best views.
If these walls could talk I would ask them what happy memories they hold
A veranda where the inhabitants once sat and sipped tea in the mornings. Just imagine how beautiful it must have been back then.
A charming little house stands slowly decaying
Remains of what must have been a gorgeous hotel lobby back in the day
What remains today of the lobby of a resort in Oyster Bay
Hallway to the “chambres” or rooms in this once chic resort in Oyster Bay