AMSTERDAM (Feb. 28)
Queen Juliana has made a contribution to a project to restore a 17th century mansion which belonged to the wealthy Sephardi Jewish De Pinto family and stands in Amsterdam’s former Jewish quarter. In very bad disrepair, the stately mansion, built by architect Elias Bouman, is one of the few vestiges of the former Jewish quarter which has been almost entirely demolished due to the ongoing construction of the Amsterdam subway.
The De Pinto’s were Sephardi Jews who belonged to the Amsterdam merchant class and were share holders in the East Indies Trading Co. A public committee for the restoration of the mansion was formed three years ago and it is a pilot project in the “European Monuments – 1975″ restoration campaign currently in progress. Restoration of the 300-year-old Amsterdam Sephardi synagogue, a large tourist attraction, is another of its projects. Large contributions to the projects will also come from the Amsterdam municipality.