(Ov): Allerheiligste DrieŽenheidkerk (W. te Riele, 1929-1930)
1927 Oldenzaal's third parish was announced, the
(Most holy trinity). Within a couple of months, architects Wolter te
Riele (Utrecht) and Karel Croonen (from Oldenzaal itself) were
commissioned together to design a modern yet classic church, as well as
The result was a big three-aisled basilica with wide aisles and a tall
choir with a polygonal dome and two flanking towers. Although the
design included a tall west tower, only its lower part was built
because of the lack of funds to complete it.
Croonen's role in the design of this church is unclear. He
designed the town's second parish church, the H. Antonius van Padua,
almost two decades earlier. Like the Antonius, the Most Holy Trinity is
in a neo-Gothic style, but with references to Expressionism. What's
more, many of the church's features are easily attributed to
Te Riele. The gables of the clerestorey are a bit similar to those of
Hart van Jezus in Arnhem, the polygonal dome of the choir was
not unlike the crossing-tower of the St. Jan in Laren while the two
towers at the back remind of the St. Joseph in Hilversum.
died during the construction of the church.