Situated in the center of Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, is the original Brick building. This location forms part of the Methodist church grounds and was always known by the people of St. Maarten, who lived here up to the 1980’s as “The Brick Building”. despite been covered with concrete for the past two decades, the original bricks from which the building was constructed was always there.
This website has been paying attention to the work that was carried out quite recently on the building, which involves removing the concrete plastering from over the bricks. Before they began removing the plastering, only a few persons knew the building was made out of bricks, and carried the name as the “Brick Building”. Further changes are expected when the windows that you see now will also be changed to the original type.
Because of the historical value of the building, we were informed that it was placed on the list of monuments for St. Marten, and for that reason they have decided to revert to its original look.
There are those persons in the community who welcome bringing back the appearance of the Brick building, because of its memories and ancient value. One of the requirements laid down by the Foundation, is to have all land marks placed on the list of monuments on St. Maarten, to maintain the original look of these properties, and any renovations should preserve its original look.