Architects: J.W.Boerbooms (1849-1899)
Boerbooms was born in Arnhem on the 7th of November 1849 as the son of a carpenter. At a young age he became his father's apprentice while he was taught to draw at the office of architect W. Kleijn. After working for P.J.H. Cuypers for several years he settled in Arnhem as an architect in ca. 1873.

His first assignments were all of a profane nature, including houses, shops and a vinegar factory. Because Arnhem belonged to the Utrecht archdiocese, which favoured a small number of architects, especially A. Tepe,  Boerbooms failed to get any religious assignments until in 1884 he built his first church, the O.L.Vrouwe Visitatie in Velp, a neo-Gothic church conforming to the rules of the influential St. Bernulphus Guild, being in a neo-Gothic style based on Lower Rhine Gothic. Boerbooms would stay true to this style for his church designs until his death. A second assignment for a religious building was probably the enlargement of the church in Groessen, an assignment for which Boerbooms drew the plan in 1889 although it wasn't executed. In 1890 he was assigned to design a chapel for the convent Insula Dei, an institution he had been working for since ca. 1884, with a design for a school, and for which he continued to work until his death.

In the 1890's Boerbooms earned a reputaton as a restoration architect with a great knowledge of Gothic churches and historic architecture in general. Among the churches he restored are the medieval churches of Aalten, Rheden, Hall and Persingen.  In 1894 he was appointed architect in charge of the restoration of the Eusebiuskerk in his home town, a major task he would never see completed.

Boerbooms died, only 49 years old, on the 8th of July 1899 after a short illness.

The following is a list of Boerbooms religious works only.
1883-1885 Velp (G): church O.L.Vrouwe Visitatie

Boerbooms' first church, a cruciform basilica with tall front tower. The neo-Gothic style is similar to A. Tepe's, conforming to the rules of the St. Bernulphus Guild.
1889-1891 Groessen (G): enlargement church St. Andreas

Enlargement of a medieval church with a new transept and choir in neo-Gothic style. In 1932-1933 Boerbooms' part was replaced by a new one by H.W. Valk.
1890-1892 Arnhem (G): chapel convent Insula Dei

Aisleless church of two storeys, with straight choir and ornamented with pointed niches in between and underneath the windows. The entire complex was destroyed in 1944.
1892-1894 Goor (Ov): church H.H. Petrus en Paulus

Three aisled pseudo-basilica with polygonal stair-turrets on either side of the facade. Portal added in 1935.
1892 Sneek (Fr): chapel for the catholic cemetery

Small aisless chapel.
1894 Wehl (G): enlargement church St. Martinus

Replacement of part of the nave of a Gothic church with a double transept and a new choir. Not executed.
1895-1897 Vilsteren (Ov): church St. Willibrordus

Three aisled pseudo-basilica with front tower and a choir flanked with chapels.
1895-1898 Apeldoorn (G): O.L.V. ten Hemelopneming

Three-aisled towerless basilica, of which only the front and the nave were completed before Boerbooms died. The church was completed with a matching transept and choir in 1902, by J.Th. Cuypers and J. Stuyt.
1896-1899 Zieuwent (G): church St. Werenfridus

Big three-aisled cruciform basilica with a richly adorned tower.
1896-1899 Arnhem (G): chapel St. Elisabeth's hospital

Aisleless chapel of two storeys. Upper part built in 1904-1906 by W.G. Welsing, using Boerbooms' design.
1898-1899 Silvolde (G): chapel St. Clara convent

Aisleless chapel of two storeys, completed after his death. Demolished in 1983.
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