At the highest elevation of Northpoint is the colonial plantation dwelling built by Ker, now called the White House or The Mansion, perched on a verdant hill of green grass and dotted with statuesque age-old Acacia trees, with new imported Caribbean pine trees growing robustly around it.
Robert Ker purportedly viewed his abaca plantation from the White House’s tall, wide windows that gave him a vantage view at all angles. It is believed that the elevation gave him a feel of the highlands of Scotland.
This magnificent European-style house stood sentinel over Davao’s transformation, from its plantation years to the bustling metropolis that it is now fast becoming. For the many decades it had stood on that prominent hill, it was an imposing sight from below, waxing mystique over the fertile imagination of young and not-so-young Davaoeños who would cast an upward glance each time they passed by it.
Over the years, the White House had become a local landmark, remembered as a place to play by those lucky enough to have had access to its vast lawns. The rest of the people contented themselves with gazing at the house atop the hill, aspiring to see it first-hand in its old grandeur.
Now, as it stands still amidst the modern development of Camella Northpoint, the White House holds its own as a symbol of good living, something that Davaoñeos are proud to be known for. It provides the inspiration for the master plan development of Northpoint as Camella pursues development that respects the existing architecture of this iconic structure.
Camella Northpoint is unquestionably a modern development, but the rich history of its land will be preserved by restoring the White House to its former glory. It can take a further step by involving the community in the restoration efforts, through the architectural society, educational institutions, artists, and local restorers in the city.
These are two of the compelling stories of Northpoint, whose vision unfolds as it undergoes development, making it a destination of choice that has a remarkable character uniquely its own.
The real story of Camella Northpoint will be told as development progresses, anchored on the city’s verdant environment and rich heritage as a people. And like the melting pot of cultures that Davao is, Camella Northpoint will be an amalgam of the Davaoeno’s way of life - simple, quiet, yet full of color, vigor, and life.
Camella Northpoint has not only one story, but many interesting stories that attest to the richness of the history of its land and the people who lived on it as a vast abaca plantation in the early 1900s. Its history is so rich and colorful, the development taking place on it now and in the future is careful to lend dignity to the land and its environs.