(U): Onze Lieve
Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming (A. Tepe, 1884-1885)
Until 1798 the catholics of Houten attended semi-clandestine barn churches in nearby villages
Schalkwijk, Jutphaas and Bunnik.
After the ban on the catholic religion was lifted at the end of the
18th century they attempted to get
back the old village church. However the protestants violently resisted and even
openly threathened the local sheriff, and the catholics eventually decided to
build a new
church, It was still a true barn church, with few or none exterior
characteristics that betrayed its true nature. It served until 1885.
In 1882 architect Alfred Tepe was commissioned
to design a new church.The church was built in 1884-1885. It's a three-aisled
cruciform basilica in neo-Gothic style, but is otherwise unique in Tepe's career.
Instead of a conventional front tower there's a hexagonal crossing-tower, plus a small
stair-turret next to the facade. This is the only time Tepe used a
crossing-tower for one of his churches, an idea that he apparently took from
churches in the Ardennes. Also the Romanesque details, which are
especially present in the clerestorey, make this an
exceptional part of Tepe's extensive body of work.