Sittard (L): St. Gemma (A.J.N. Boosten, 1952)
When A.J.N. Boosten died unexpectedly during
an operation on the 2nd of Januari 1951 at the age of 57, he was
at the height of his career. Several of his churches were under construction at
that time, while he had been designing several new ones until shortly before his
death. After his
death several of these designs were completed under supervision of
other architects, like Boosten's son Theo. The St. Gemma of Sittard
however was built by H.J. Palmen.
The St. Gemma is a remarkable bulding with a asymmetrical nave with a
large rose-window, behind a wide portal. On the north side of the aisle
is the church's only, but rather wide, side-aisle which, as often with
Boosten's churches, has a flat roof. A monumental eastern part
contains the choir and is crowned by two spires. At the back, a bulge in
the centre of the wall serves as an apse.