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    Harbor Master's House

    This is a little bit random but I am not exactly sure where to begin. Can anybody help me track down my Grandfather’s house? He was the harbor master of Oranjestad during the 1940s.He lived in the government provided home for the harbor master.

    I think it was a duplex, across the street from the Queen’s residence. I was told that the other half was occupied by the city engineer and that the building was converted in the 90s for office space for the tourism authority. I believe it is a few blocks from the elementary school.

    I am sorry for the vague details. These are all secondhand information from my mom from 20 years ago. I just would like to get some sense of where she grew up when I visit.

    Plus, does anybody know the address of the former Harbor Master’s building?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Alex

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    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community forum Alex. I found this online:
    http://www.alboaruba.com/portfolio/f...ters-building/


    PS - I moved this to the Aruba General area for more exposure.
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    i have often wondered what that building was!

    welcome to the forum alex
    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community forum Alex. I found this online:
    http://www.alboaruba.com/portfolio/f...ters-building/


    PS - I moved this to the Aruba General area for more exposure.

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    isn't that the building that is now housing cosecha artist's gallery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    isn't that the building that is now housing cosecha artist's gallery?
    The buildings look a bit similar but they are two different ones, I believe. Here is "Aruba Cosecha" FB, it's located at Zoutman straat #1:

    https://www.facebook.com/Aruba-Cosec...0316/timeline/

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    Everybody, thank you for your replies.

    However, I think you have found the administration buildings, not the residency. It is the residency that I am looking for.

    To put a little context around this, this is where my mother grew up while in elementary school. She has called this the happiest time of her life. I can't find any pictures from that era of her life. I am going to guess that this is due partly to the many moves her family had after leaving Aruba, partly due to shortages associated from World War II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex_686 View Post
    This is a little bit random but I am not exactly sure where to begin. Can anybody help me track down my Grandfather’s house? He was the harbor master of Oranjestad during the 1940s.He lived in the government provided home for the harbor master.

    I think it was a duplex, across the street from the Queen’s residence. I was told that the other half was occupied by the city engineer and that the building was converted in the 90s for office space for the tourism authority. I believe it is a few blocks from the elementary school.

    I am sorry for the vague details. These are all secondhand information from my mom from 20 years ago. I just would like to get some sense of where she grew up when I visit.

    Plus, does anybody know the address of the former Harbor Master’s building?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Alex
    It seems that the Former Harber Master's Building is located next to the Renaissance:

    Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
    L.G. Smith Blvd 82, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Here is the link with a photo of the Former Harber Master's Building (thanks Jacki!):

    http://www.alboaruba.com/portfolio/f...ters-building/

    And a link from the photos I took in 2010 where the Renaissance can be seen and a portion of the palm tree to the right, where the Former Harber Master's Building is probably located:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/1098545...35215878138466

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    Here is a video dated 2nd April 2012 "Driving Oranjestad Aruba". At 1:48 you can see the Renaissance Hotel followed by a same white building which I believe is the Former Habour Master's building:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G0FmxqEXnY

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    Wow - I'm starting to think the Forum has an answer for absolutely any question! That is just amazing how quickly you found all this information for Alex. Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex_686 View Post
    Everybody, thank you for your replies.

    However, I think you have found the administration buildings, not the residency. It is the residency that I am looking for.

    To put a little context around this, this is where my mother grew up while in elementary school. She has called this the happiest time of her life. I can't find any pictures from that era of her life. I am going to guess that this is due partly to the many moves her family had after leaving Aruba, partly due to shortages associated from World War II.
    You are most welcome. I'll try to find more info but in the meantime, here is a wonderful collection of old photos (if you scroll down):

    https://www.facebook.com/NosDushiAru...=photos_albums

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