Stately art deco headquarters of the Escompto Bank
Stately office buildings
Jl Pintu Besar is a street lined with grand office buildings. On the corner with Jl. Bank is the old and prestigious headquarters of the Nederlandsch-Indische Maatschappij Escompto. The 1920s design by Cuypers is sober, yet impressive.
Coat of arms
Above the window frames are the most important coats of arms of the Dutch Indies: from left to right the shield of the Netherlands, followed by Java’s three largest cities Semarang, Batavia and Surabaya and finally the City of Amsterdam.
What’s in a name?
Escompto comes from the French word ‘Escompte’ which means: ‘advance’ or ‘loan’.