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Architects: Jan Stuyt (1868-1934)

Jan Stuyt started his architectural career in 1883 at the office of A.C. Bleys (1842-1912), one of very few catholic architects who dared not to comform to the neo-Gothic standard. Stuyt would be very much influenced by Bleys neo-Romanesque style. In 1891 he joined the Cuypers office in Amsterdam, where amongst others he had been in charge of the building of the St. Bavo cathedral in Haarlem between 1895 and 1898. But he didn't really become famous until 1899, when his partnership with Jos. Cuypers began, a fruitful period that lasted until 1908, although several of the duo's works were built in the couple of years after the two architects went their seperate ways. During the partnership it was not always clear which of the two architects was responsible for what, but it seems Jan Stuyt designed the more neo-Romanesque churches, often decorated with chessboard-like tile-decorations, which are present in many of the churches both during and after the partnership, while Cuypers chose a more neo-Gothic approach.
Jan Stuyt was a devout catholic whose originally Romanesque style was enriched with Mediterranean (Italian, Byzantine, Islamic) influences after a pilgrimage to Palestine in 1903. After having seen the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople he developed an interest for dome-churches, of which he designed several throughout his career. For his less prestigious designs he continued to use a neo-Romanesque style, combining standard elements. Besides churches he also designed various other buildings and was also active in town planning, especially in the city of Heerlen. His profane designs are often in a style resembling (neo-)Classicism and the work of K.P.C. de Bazel.
After Stuyt's death, his son Giacomo C. Stuyt continued the office, but apparently with considerably less success. His first and best known work is the church of St. Paulus in Utrecht of 1937, which has been demolished already.
The following is a list of Stuyt's work before and after the partnership with Jos. Cuypers. Emphasis is still strongly on churches but profane work will be added gradually. For the work of Cuypers and Stuyt together see the page about Jos. Cuypers.


1898 Design for a church in Lodz, Russian Poland

Church in a mix of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic styles which owes much to Jos. Cuypers' St. Bavo in Haarlem. Tall tower at the crossing. This church was never built.


1899 Design for a church in Copenhagen, Denmark

Church in neo-Romanesque style with two towers at the front. Not built until 1915, albeit in a simpler form than the original design.


1899-1900 Sloten (NH): church St. Pancratius





Stuyt's first church-design that was actually built. Village church in sober neo-Gothic style with short square tower and rectangular choir.

 (1899-1908 Partnership with Jos. Cuypers, see here)

1906 Zeelst (NB): tower church St. Willibrordus

Square tower with corner-turrets at the top, for the church by C. Weber. Probably by Stuyt alone.

1907 Weebosch (NB): church St. Gerardus Majella




Apparently started already before the partnership was disbanded. Basilican church in neo-Romanesque style, with two towers at the front. Presbytery in an ecclectic style attached to the church. Very similar to a church in Heerlerheide (L) that was built in 1909, a year after the dissolvement of the partnership, but that is attributed to the two architects together.

1908 Wijkeroog (Velsen-Noord, NH): church St. Jozef





Church in neo-Romanesque style with campanile-like tower. Unspecified work in 1927-1928. Choir extended in 1978.

1909 Eindhoven (NB): Office-building Co÷peratieve Centrale Boerenleenbank

Office-building for a bank in a style inspired by Classicism.

1909 Eindhoven (NB): Director's house

House for the director of the CCB bank. Inspired by Classicism.

1910 Berkel-Enschot (NB): church St. Willibrordus



Single-aisled church in neo-Romanesque style with chapels on the sides. Replacement for a late-medieval chapel, to which in 1857 a tower had been added. The tower received a new layer of bricks and was incorporated in the new design. 

1910 Castricum (NH): church St. Pancratius





Cruciform church in simple neo-Gothic style. Polygonal transept-arms.

1911-1913 Alkmaar (NH): restoration town hall

Work includes the replacement of the Gothic facade by a copy in modern materials.

1911 Naarden (NH): church St. Vitus




Church in neo-Romanesque style with tower with saddle-roof. Choir similar to the one in Berkel-Enschot. 


1911 Overloon (NB): church St. Theobaldus

Neo-Romanesque cruciform church with transept as high as the nave. Choir with a round apse. Destroyed in 1944.

1911 Klein-Zundert (NB): church St. Willibrordus





Neo-Romanesque church with tower with saddle roof standing next to the front. Front with two doors. Chapels at the sides of the nave, choir with a round apse.

1911 Heemskerk (NH): town hall

Building in a style inspired by Classicism. In 1949 a second storey was added.


1912-1913 Bergen op Zoom (NB): church St. Joseph



Unusual for Stuyt, this is a three-aisled cruciform basilican church in neo-Gothic style, inspired by late Lower Rhine Gothicism. Polygonal transept-arms. Choir with ambulatory. Tower with wooden octagonal upper-segment, which was destroyed in 1945 and replaced later by a shorter stone segment. Church demolished in 1100%.
(the picture was taken from an old postcard)

1912 Purmerend (NH): town hall

Building in neo-Renaissance styl, with stepped gables and a tower.

1913 Rotterdam (ZH): design town hall

Design only. No further details.


1913-1915 Heilig Landstichting (G): church Cenakelkerk





White-plastered dome-church with two towers, obviously influenced by Byzantine architecture. Designed with assistence from Jos. Margry.


1913-1914 Terborg (G): church St. Gregorius





Neo-Gothic cruciform church, replacing a church from 1842 and incorporating a tower by A. Tepe from 1877.

1913 Groningen (Gr): church H. Hartkerk

Cruciform neo-Romanesque church. Demolished with exception of the tower.

1913 Heiloo (NH): Church O.L.V. ter Nood


Three-aisled church. Built for a place of pilgrimage as a temporary church, but never replaced.

1913 Heerlen (L): Technical school




Building in a style inspired by Classicism. Recently rebuilt into apartments.

1913 Hoensbroek (L): Housing complex De Eerste Stap

100 two-storey houses for miners.


1915-1930 Heerlen (L): Molenberg

Settlement for workers of the coalmines. Seperate neighbourhoods for miners and executives. 

1915-1916 Maarn (U): Huis te Maarn

Villa in a neo-Classical style with references to American colonial architecture. At the side of the garden the house shows similarities with the White House in Washington, USA.


1915 Zoetermeer (ZH): church St. Nicolaas

Cruciform church in simple neo-Gothic style.

1915 Wormerveer (NH): church H. Maria Geboorte

Neo-Romanesque church with tall tower in front of the southern side-aisle. Side-aisles with gables and saddle-roofs.


1916-1917 's-Hertogenbosch (NB): church St. Catharina



Large centralizing church, inspired by Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. Center of the building is a 16-sided dome on an octagonal base. The Gothic choir of a predecessor was incorporated.


1916-1917 Eindhoven (NB): church St. Anthonius van Padua

Dome-church with tower in Italian style. Demolished.

1916 Harmelen (U): church St. Bavo




Church in neo-Romanesque style with tower in front of the southern side-aisle. Side-aisles with three gables, each with a saddle roof. Similarities in style with the church in Wormerveer (1915).

1917-1920 Brunssum (L): garden-village De Rozengaard

Partly demolished in 1983.

1917-1918 Mariaparochie (Ov): church O.L. Vrouwe van Altijddurende Bijstand




Pseudo-basilican cruciform church in neo-Gothic style. Five-sided closures at choir and transept-arms. Traves of left side-aisle with seperate roofs, right-side side-aisle is covered by a single roof. Tower standing at the left side of the front of the church, with octagonal spire. First the choir and transept were built, followed in 1923 by the nave and tower.

1917 Voerendaal (L): enlargement church St. Laurentius




Enlargement in neo-Romanesque style of an older church.

1918-1919 Geleen (L): AW Kolonie

Complex of 40 miners' houses. Demolished in 1971.

1919-1922 Heemstede (NH): seminary Hageveld

Complex in neo-Classical/Baroque style, with at the centre a dome-chapel. Now a school.


1919 Ijsselmuiden (Ov): church O.L. Vrouwe Onbevlekt Ontvangen





Neo-Romanesque church with tower with saddle-roof. Front with porch. Chapels at the sides of the nave, choir with a round apse.


1920-1922 Heerlen (L): School for midwifes



Complex in a style inspired by Classicism. Chapel added in 1934.

1920 Amsterdam (NH): church St. Agnes




A cruciform basilican church in neo-Romanesque style with free standing tower, inspired by the San-Agnese-fuori-le-mure in Rome. Often called Stuyt's best work, although the use of large pillars inside has been criticized for blocking the view on the altar. 


1921-1922 Den Haag (ZH): church Heilige Familie





The design of this church was strongly influenced by early Romanesque churches in Germany, and is in many ways very similar to the churches in Weebosch and Heerlerheide. 

1921-1924 Wierden (Ov): church St. Johannes de Doper




Basilican church in neo-Romanesque style. Square tower with polygonal spire. Chapels at the sides with round windows. Short semi-round apse.

1921 Brielle (ZH): ciborium

Small, octagonal open construction of eight pillars covered by a vault under a hemispherical dome, on top of which is a cone-shaped roof. Built on the location where in 1572 protestants murdered 19 monks, the Martyrs of Gorcum.

1921 Den Haag (ZH): design Tweede Kamergebouw

Design for a parliament building. Not executed.


1922-1924 Almelo (Ov): church St. Egbertus





Centralizing church with cloverleaf-shaped ground-plan. Short nave, round dome on the crossing with a cone-shaped roof and a tower of two segments with a four-sided spire.


1922-1924 Den Haag (ZH): church St. Gerardus Majella




Three-aisled church. Side-aisles with gables, similar to the transept. Large pointed, almost semi-circular windows. Demolished in 1982.

(the picture was taken from an old postcard)


1923-1926 Amsterdam (NH): church St. Gerardus Majella





Dome-church in neo-Romanesque style. Now houses a library and offices. Stuyt also designed four schools, the presbytery and a convent arranged around this church.


1923 Egmond a/d Hoef (NH): church H. Margarita Maria Alacoque

Church of the same type as those in Heiloo and Koningsbosch. 



1925-1927 Zundert (NB): church St. Trudo




Three-aisled cruciform church built in a combination of neo-Gothic and Expressionist styles. Crossing-tower with a cone-shaped roof, similar to that of the church in Almelo. The nave and the transepts have large semi-circular windows, an element Stuyt used in several of his later churches. 

1925-1926 Geesteren (Ov): church St. Pancratius





Pseudo-basilican cruciform church. Polygonal transept and choir.

1925 Alkmaar (NH): hospital St. Elisabeth

Catholic hospital with chapel. No further details.


1925-1927 Heiloo (NH): church St. Willibrordus


Three-aisled basilican church. Short tower with tall spire. Originally painted white.



1926 Koningsbosch (L): church O.L. Vrouw Onbevlekt Ontvangen




Church largely similar in style to the one in Heiloo. Pseudo-basilican cruciform church made of natural stone. Semi-circular windows, transept slightly lower than the nave. The choir has an ambulatory.


1926-1928 Nijmegen (G): Neboklooster





Redemptorist monastery with church in 'Italian' neo-Romanesque style.


1926-1928 Almelo (Ov): hospital St. Elisabeth

Complex of originally three seperate buildings, the actual hospital, a chapel and a house for the elderly. Designed in conjunction with Th.J. van Elsberg.

1926-1927 Enschede (Ov): church O.L. Vrouwe van Altijddurende Bijstand





Three-aisled cruciform basilica with three-aisled transept. Tower designed by Joh. Sluijmer and built in 1938.

1927 Hillegom (ZH): church St. Joseph





Three-aisled neo-Romanesque cruciform church with tower standing next to the side-aisle. Side-aisles with gables.

1928 De Steeg (G): church O.L. Vrouwe Hemelvaart

Church with moderate Expressionist details, similar in style to the St. Willibrordus in Heiloo.


1928-1929 Zevenbergen (NB): church St. Bartholomeuskerk

Cruciform three-aisled basilican church. Side-aisles with gables, in which are semi-circular windows. Tower severely damaged in 1944 and rebuilt in 1950 according to a new design by J. Bunnik.

1929-1930 Dommelen (NB): enlargement church St. Martinus

Unspecified extensions to a church by H.J. van Tulder. In cooperation with P. Staals.

1930 Warmond (ZH): Philosophicum



Complex in Classical/Baroque style. One-aisled chapel with tower next to the choir. Completed 1930, construction probably started earlier.

1930 Heiloo (NH): pilgrimage chapel Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Nood



 Chapel in neo-Romanesque style, with walls of irregularly shaped pieces of natural stone. Built at the same place of pilgrimage as the 'temporary church' of 1913.


1930-1931 Lisse (ZH): church H.H. Engelbewaarders




Dome-church, with three polygonal spaces arranged around the centre. Details in Expressionistic style. Interior has Byzantine influences. According to many sources this church was built in 1924, but as the parish wasn't founded until 1929 this seems unlikely. The website of the parish states 1930-1931 as period of construction. 


1931-1932 Keijenborg (G): church St. Johannes de Doper





Three-aisled pseudo-basilican church with short tower.


1932 Valkenswaard (NB): church St. Nicolaas




Three-aisled pseudo-basilican cruciform church. Replaced a C. Weber-designed church. Tower of that church incorporated in new one, although with changes. Semi-circular closure of the choir with ambulatory. Many details in a Dom Bellot-like style, especially the windows. 


1933 Rome, Italy: Building Nederlands Instituut

Designed in conjunction with Italian engineer Gino Cipriani.

1934 Heerlen (L): Chapel for the School for midwifes



Chapel in neo-Romanesque style, designed in conjunction with Stuyt's son Giacomo.

Of the following projects the dates are yet unknown:

Aerdenhout (NH) houses Onder de Beuken, De Distel, Vredehove

Luxury houses.

Hazerswoude-Rijnsdijk (ZH): Lidwinagesticht

No further details.


's-Hertogenbosch (NB): Office-building Koninklijke Drukkerij

No further details.


Overveen (NH): houses

No further details.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: design church St. Andreas

Drawing bears a year that looks like 1918. Dome-church with tower. Probably design only.


Rijswijk (ZH): school

No further details.


Rolduc (L): extension semimary

Executed in Baroque style.

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