Alphons Boosten Jean Nicolas [1January 20, MaastrichtUtrecht1893 – January 2, 1951) was a Dutch architect, who is best known for its church buildings he has designed. He was especially active in the province of Limburg.


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Life and work[Edit]Edit

Bal was born as the son of a printer. After to have followed in his youth lessons in architectural signs and during its service time the school of architecture in Amsterdam to have followed, Boost in 1920 founded together with Jos Radhakrishna an architectural firm with offices in Maastricht and Heerlen. The first major contract was down for the sacred heart of Jesus Church in that city in 1921. Around the same time the duo got a new church for Eygelshoven design. Both churches were very controversial, especially the Sacred Heart Church, which was very modern for its time, especially for Limburg where the neo-Gothic had hardly abandoned. Despite the often fierce criticism both churches were built, though the Sacred Heart Church never quite completed according to plan. The duo managed to win an ecclesiastical command, for the enlargement of the Church ofMargraten, but then kept it on. the quirky style that Bala and Radhakrishna applied in their work could not find grace in the eyes of the conservative Catholic clerics, and despite the acclaim that the architects were given by colleagues from the rest of the countryamong other things, of the influential Joseph Cuypers, remained further large assignments. In 1924 left Radhakrishnan to Antwerp in order to start a successful career as an architect, and Boost went on alone.

By being in the sequel to focus on designing among other monasteries, schools and houses knew Bal to build a successful career. In particular in Maastricht he received many commissions. In 1924 to his design in nieuwenhagen (landgraaf) a villa with practice space built for the local GP. Henri Jonas was involved in the decoration of the Interior. InBrunssum , a complete district built according to his design. In 1929 he was allowed another Church designs, but the style thereof for Bleijerheide, was largely directed by the clients. However, new commissions, and from the Church for the same year a private Broekhem Boost developed, very recognizable style, with expressionist details were combined with a largely traditionalist construction, inspired by the old Romanesque churches in Limburg. Highlights are the churches of Great Genhout and heksenberg. From 1939 until his death a slightly modern version of paste often Boost his already not very traditional style. Important examples are the churches of Stein-Kerensheide and marine fisheries known to man (Weert). Boost churches built outside Limburg in ArnhemBunnik, the Sint-Amandus Church to Zwevegem (Belgium) and chapels in Schiedam andNijmegen.

The building Commission of the Episcopal Diocese Roermond forced constantly to Boost concessions, but nevertheless makes Boostens work a very unique impression in which the hand of the architect always clear is to recognize, in contrast to the join church-construction much more conformant Frits Peutz. Boost Limburg often worked together with other artists, such as painters and glass artists Henri Jonas and Charles Eyck and sculptor Charles Fox, which many of his churches of great art historical importance makes.

After the second world war, when many churches destroyed in Limburg had to be replaced, Boost was the most successful churches architect of Limburg. Among other things, he built churches in Maasbracht,Baexem and Horst (Sint-lambertuskerk). He also restored several churches, including those of Sint Odiliënberg. On January 2, 1951, at the height of his career, he died in the hospital during an operation. In the years afterwards it was still some of his designs built by other architects, including Boostens son Theo, who later would design some churches. The architectural firm Bal still exists, now under the name Bal-Rats.

Buildings designed by Alphons Boosten[Edit]Edit


See list of construction work of Alphons Boosten for the main article on this topic.


Schools, homes, etc[Edit]Edit

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    Kweekschool Ursulines, Capucijnenstraat, Maastricht (1936)

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    Ladies boarding school, Sint Servaas monastery, Maastricht (1936)

Residential Buildings[Edit]Edit

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    Living house Lignest raat, Prince the Geleen (1927)

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    Residential building hertogsingel, Maastricht (1933)