Zee (ZH): Nieuwe Kerk (H.J. Jesse, 1885-1887)
the old Andreaskerk had become too small by 1850, and the sea had taken
so much of the coast the church was now almost at the beach, it took
several more decades before real plans were made to replace it. In 1883
the future location for a new church was chosen and the next year a
design contest was held. Over 50 designs entered the contest
which was won by young architect H.J. Jesse. The church became
his first assignment. One of the other participants in the contest
was Tj. Kuipers.
Jesse designed a church in Neo-Renaissance style, with obvious
references to 17th-century protestant architecture. It is one of the
most important examples of this style. The church has a centralizing,
cruciform ground plan with two long arms and two short
of which contains a tower. At the top of the tower is a narrow
octagonal segment with an elegant spire. The facade of the other arms
are vertically divided in three parts, with a gable on top of the
central part. Unlike the other parts, the arm at the back only has
windows at the sides, while the back facade has blind niches the size
and shape of windows. In the spaces between the arms are small, square
spaces, each covered by a pointed roof.
The church was built out of brick, but with horizontal decorative
elements out of natural stone.