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Den Haag (ZH): St. Martha (N. Molenaar Sr., 1908-1909, N. Molenaar Sr., 1924)

The St. Martha was built as the third catholic church in the Schilderswijk, a workers neighbourhood with, in those days, a large catholic population. The other two churches were demolished in 1974 and 1975.

It is a three-aisled hall-church in neo-Gothic style. Architect N. Molenaar Sr.'s design was inspired by the Grote Kerk in the center of the city, with wide side-aisles in the form of double transepts. The church was built in two stages. The first part was built in 1908-1909 and comprises the choir, the nave and the side-aisles.  In 1924 the church was completed by the original architect's son, N. Molenaar Jr., who extended the nave with a trave, less wide than the others, and added the front and the tower. Although these parts had been part of the original design, they were redesigned by Molenaar jr. in a more moderate neo-Gothic style with a few hints of Traditionalism, especialy the saddle-back tower.







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