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Brunssum (L): St. Vincentius Paulo (F.P.J. Peutz, 1923-1924)

Rumpen is a former mining village and now a part of Brunssum. Until the early 1920's the village had two wooden churches, one near each of the two local mines, but in 1923 architect F.P.J. Peutz was commissioned to design a new central church with a small monastery. It would be his first church that was built.
There were certain demands to be met; the church had to be big enough for 500 people, had to have a big choir, two chapels, large entrance portals and connected sacrities. 
Peutz designed a three-aisled pseudo-basilica in a Traditionalist style influenced by the work of H.P. Berlage. At the front is a short tower which is crowned by a cuppola. Flanking the tower are the two portals.The two chapels were put at the front of the church, on both sides of the nave. 
The church was largely constructed out of reinforced concrete, with seperate constructions for the tower, nave and the choir to minimize the risk of mine damage. For the outside brick was used. 
In 1953-1955 a building was added to the north side, containing a children's chapel and a garage.




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