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Goirle (NB): Maria Boodschap (C.H. de Bever, 1938-1939)

Goirle's second parish church was largely paid for by a rich factory owner, whose son would become its first priest. Architect C.H. de Bever made his design in 1938, which included a tall tower which, due to the outbreak of World War Two, was never build. The current main entrance was intended to be temporary only. It's a fine example of Traditionalist Delft School church architecture with some references to neo-Gothic in the details, like the pointed windows with traceries. The wide central aisle and the higher choir characterize this church as a christocentric one, with an optimal view at the altar. In 1960 several designs were made to enlarge the church; the nave would be extended with two more traves and a frontal tower would be added. It never came true.


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