Houten (U): Onze Lieve
Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming (A. Tepe, 1884-1885)
After the ban on the catholic religion was lifted at the end of the 18th
century the old church of Houten remained protestant. A new catholic
church was built in 1884-1885. It's a three-aisled cruciform
basilica in neo-Gothic style, designed by architect Alfred Tepe.
The design is characterised by the lack of a conventional tower;
there's a hexagonal tower on the crossing instead, plus a small
stair-turret next to the facade. This is the only time Tepe used a
crossing-tower for one of his designs, an idea that he took from
churches in the Ardennes. Also the Romanesque details, which are
especially present in the clerestorey, make this an
exceptional design in Tepe's career which otherwise was rather
conservatively Rhineland Gothic-minded.