Kronenberg (L): St.
Teresia van het Kind Jezus (H.W. Valk, 1930-1931)
architect H.W. Valk was commissioned to design a church for Kronenberg, this completely new village was only 70 families strong. Valk
designed a small church but did give it some sense of monumentality.
The church is a very compact pseudo-basilican building, with many
details reminding of Valk's earlier work. The three aisles are
covered by a single roof. In each of the side-aisles there are
two windows that, thanks to a construction with gables, are a
bit higher than the walls. Valk used this feature more often in
his work, and they are so similar to such windows on old churches
in the province of Zuid-Holland that it seems the architect copied
the old examples.
The most remarkable part of the church is the short tower, which
has a saddle-roof between two gables. These are stepped gables,
similar to those used by A.J. Kropholler in much of his profane work, with the steps being twice as heigh as they are
gables were unusual for Limburg, and were the cause of much critisism,
according to which the church belonged in Friesland rather than
in this part of the country. Similar steps are repeated at the
back of the nave, where they mark the transition to the choir.
The closure of the choir is almost pure Gothic. The church is
supported by heavy buttresses in various places, all of which
are stepped as well.