Hertme (Ov): St. Stephanus (W. te Riele, 1902-1903)
The St. Stephanus was
architect W. te Riele's third church, after the ones in Almelo and
Elden built in 1901-1902. A first design was made in 1900 but was not
accepted by the archbishop of Utrecht. Te Riele made a new, simpler
design which, after a few small changes, did get approval.
It is a rather small building in neo-Gothic style. Despite its modest
size, the architect decided to give it a three-aisled, pseudo-basilican
nave. This nave consists of a relatively wide central aisle and narrow
side-aisles that serve as corridors, all under one roof. The
side-aisles end in transept-arms which are equally narrow. The choir is
narrower than the central aisle. At the front is a short tower that
reminds of the ones on some of Alfred Tepe's smaller churches.
In 1904, Te Riele repeated the configuration of the nave for his church
in Luttenburg. This time it met with the criticism of G.W. van
Heukelum, leader of the influential
Guild of St. Bernulphus and advisor of the archbishop. Forced by this
criticism, Te Riele abandoned the direction he had taken for a few
years and gave his next few churches more conventional ground-plans.