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Architects: Jos. Wielders (1883-1949)

Jan Joseph Wielders was born in Sittard on September the 3rd of 1893 as the son of a carpenter. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Nieuwstadt. At the age of 13, Joseph attended the drawingschool in Roermond and in 1902 was hired as a draughtsman by architect Joosten in Valkenburg. In 1910 he became overseer for the town of Sittard and was later appointed town architect. In 1917 he left the municipal service to start his own firm in Sittard.
Like A. Boosten, Wielders was a modernist who would have nothing to do with any of the neo-styles. Instead, he was influenced by the ideas of H.P. Berlage, like clarity of construction, and the expressionism of the Amsterdam School, both in his profane and religious work, with as a highlight the watertower in Schimmert. He used reinforced concrete for the skeleton of his churches, mostly in the form of pointed arches which allowed for wide aisles, and used brick for the walls. By 1935 Wielders' style  had become more conservative and featured traditional elements from his native province of Limburg. His importance as an architect of churches had diminished by then. After World War Two he built two more churches, one of which replacing one he had built before the war. He was assisted by J. van Groenendael, who contnued the office after Wielders' death on April 30th 1949.

The following is an incomplete list of Wielders' work, concentrating on his religious work and important profane designs.

1915 Sittard (L): water pumping station

Building in so-called Um 1800 style.

1917-1918 Sittard-Ophoven (L): church St. Antonius van Padua

Wielders' first church. One-aisled building in moderate Expressionist style. Choir extended in 1954 by architect H.J. Palmen.

1919-1920 Nieuwenhagerheide (L): church H. Hart van Jezus

Cruciform church in moderate Expressionist style, with tower.

1920 Heerlen (L): cinema Hollandia


1922-1923 Reijmerstok (L): church H. Franciscus van Assisië

One-aisled cruciform church with stepped, rectangular choir and a tower with a saddle-roof.

1923 Heerlen (L): Bernardinuscollege

Complex in moderate Expressionist style.

1923 Leveroy (L): church St. Barbara

Church in Expressionist style. Destroyed in 1944 and after the war replaced by a new church by Wielders.

1924 Sittard (L): chapel Bisschoppelijk College St. Joseph

Chapel in simple Expressionist style for a school.

1926-1927 Heerlen-Schandelen (L): church H. Hart van Jezus

One-aisled church with tower. The nave is flanked om both sides by series of chapels.
1926-1927 Schimmert (L): water tower

Water tower in rich Expressionist style.
1927-1933 Nieuwstadt (L): tower church St. Johannes de Doper

Tower added to older church. Like the church, the tower is built of marl.



1928 Sittard: : church H. Hart monastery

Three-aisled church in Expressionist style. Semi-circular choir with ambulatory.
1928-1934 Tilburg: Willem II-college

School in moderate Expressionist style.

1928-1929 Rothem (L): church H. Hart van Jezus

Three-aisled church in Expressionist style.

1929-1931 Sittard-Overhoven: church H. Hart van Jezus

Three-aisled cruciform church in moderate Expressionist style. Tower inspired by the work of W.M. Dudok.


1929 Sittard (L): cinema Forum

Cinema in Expressionist style.

1930-1931 Heerlen (L): chapel Bernardinuscollege

One-aisled chapel in moderate Expressionist style. Slim tower next to the front.

1933-1934 Broeksittard (L): church O.L. Vrouwe Geboorte

Three-aisled cruciform church

1938 Sittard (L): Gemmaconvent

Convent in Traditionalist style, with chapel.

1948-1949 Leveroy (L): church St. Barbara

Church in Traditionalist style, based on the foundations of the destroyed predecessor. Completed by J. van Groenendael after Wielders' death.

1949-1950 Kessel-Eik (L): church O.L. Vrouwe Onbevlekt Ontvangen

Cruciform church in Traditionalist style. Completed by J. van Groenendael after Wielders' death.

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