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Medan sends team to Netherlands to resolve ownership dispute over ‘Warenhuis’ historic site

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Mon, September 23, 2019   /  03:12 pm
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Known as Warenhuis, a historic two-story building located on Jl. Ahmad Yani VII in Medan is believed to have been the first large indoor market in the city, dating back more than a century.(kompas.com/Mei Leandha Rosyanti)

North Sumatra authorities have dispatched a team to the Netherlands in an attempt to resolve an ownership dispute over a historic building in Medan amid the city administration’s efforts to boost its old town tourism. Known as Warenhuis, the two-story building located on Jl. Ahmad Yani VII is believed to have been the first large indoor market in the city, dating back more than a century. Warenhuis was designed by a German architect and constructed in 1916. The building has long been managed by members of the public, but the local administration sought to take over the management to turn it into a tourist attraction. The city’s plan, however, has been stalled as a family has claimed ownership of the building. North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto said that a team tasked to trace the history of Warenhuis’ ownership departed on Saturday for the ...