Majellakerk


 
Ambonplein 79 - 81
Indische buurt
Amsterdam
Jan Stuyt (oorspronkelijke architect), Van Stigt (restauratie)
Stadsherstel, 1992
1925, restauratie 1992
Cultuur, Religie
 

The Gerardus Majellakerk is a former Roman Catholic church in Ambonplein in the Indische Buurt in Amsterdam-Oost. The church was built in 1925 to a design by the architect Jan Stuyt and was the centre of a Catholic complex that included housing, a convent and two schools. Like many of the churches Stuyt designed, the Gerardus Majellakerk was inspired by the Byzantine churches he visited during a trip to the Middle East in 1903, in particular the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The main reference to Byzantine architecture is the large twelve-sided crossing tower. A west tower formed part of the original design but was never built
In the 1930s, problems began to arise regarding the building’s upkeep and maintenance. The fact that the Indische Buurt was not an affluent neighbourhood contributed to the church’s financial difficulties. Increasing secularization in the 1960s and urban renewal, which resulted in a change in the makeup of the local population, added to the maintenance problems.

Eventually, in 1992, the church was declared redundant and was handed over to Stadsherstel Amsterdam. The architect André van Stigt restored the building and created spaces that could be rented out to various organizations. From 1994 to 2011, the building housed the Clara Wichmann Institute and Aletta, among others. In 2012, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra moved into the building. (Arcam)


Associated

(NL) UITVERKOCHT Winterlezing 1 | Indische Buurt

(NL) Transformatie en gentrificatie staat centraal in de Winterlezing over de Indische Buurt.