Dr. Eloy Arends House

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Dr. Eloy Arends House
The pretty green building with intricate white trim is an architectural jewel of central Oranjestad. Now part of a governmental complex, the former home of Aruba’s first general practitioner was constructed from 1922 to 1925. It was designed by Merado “Dada” Picus for Dr. Arends, who presented the home, furnished, for his bride Maria Monica upon their return from their honeymoon, as was customary for upper-class Arubians during that time. The mansion was considered something of an open house. One, because it hosted many social gatherings and two, because its design included interior folding walls that allowed the home to be flexible in use. After falling into disrepair in the 1980s, the home was restored and is now used as a civic building in Oranjestad.
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