The Waterkant (Waterfront), all the way untill the Saramaccastraat, once was the proof of the prosperity of the city. The buildings are not the oldest in town; the fire of 1821 consumed the complete first section of the street. The stately mansions that were erected after the fire in general look well-kept. New buildings, like the Central Bank, were well blended into the streetscape.
Actually, the group of foodstalls under the trees near the river is in sharp contrast with the dignity and allure of the buildings in the street.
Only two buildings of plastered stone (the Waag - Weigh House and the more modern Central Bank) and a brick house (#10) line the street, but because quite some houses stand on a high brick foundation, the brick feeling is dominant. Modifications of the buildings have been kept within proportion and the traditional atmosphere prevails in the street..
The old days