Friedrichshafen: St. Petrus Canisius Catholic Church

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur
Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

1927 – 1928

Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Katharinenstraße 14, Friedrichshafen

At the beginning of the 20th century, Friedrichshafen developed into an important indus­trial city.

The Zeppelin factory settled here in 1908, followed by the Maybach engine works in 1912, the Dornier factory in 1914 and finally the gearwheel factory in 1915.

The construction of a second Catholic church in Friedrichshafen proved to be inevi­table due to the associated increase in population.

Initial plans were dashed by the outbreak of the First World War.

In 1926, the parish acquired the land to build a new church.

On October 9, 1927, the foundation stone was laid and the archi­tects Hugo Schlösser and Wilhelm Friedrich Laur were commis­sioned to plan the building.

The church was conse­crated on November 25, 1928.

The three-nave basilica with a 58-meter-long nave and 46-meter-high tower is comple­mented by annexes in cubic forms on the west side.

The tower with a square ground plan is charac­te­rized by high slender sound openings and a six meter high gilded cross.

The tower and church facade are completely clad in clinker brick.

The west building is divided by a three-arched central arcade made of shell limestone. Above it rises the monumental cruci­fixion group by the sculptor Karl Rieber from 1928.

Under the arcades three entrances open to the church, above the central entrance there is a relief of St. Peter Canisius, also by Karl Rieber.

Inside, the central nave is spanned by ten reinforced concrete beams and ends in a pointed barrel vault over fifteen meters high. The two side aisles have flat roofs.

The interior is illumi­nated by narrow and high skylights.

In the east, a double-stepped, eleven-meter deep rectan­gular choir with the bronze sculpture „consum­matum est“ by Toni Schneider-Manzell from 1970 closes the church.

At each side, the nave is bordered by seven arcades, each with a pointed arch that reaches almost to the skylights. Three more pointed-arch arcades are found under the organ.

The color scheme of the interior, which contri­butes signi­fi­cantly to its effect, was designed by August Blepp. In the side aisles there is a deep blue, which merges with earth tones in the arcades into a light yellow-gold hall.

Opposite the pulpit is a stone Christ figure by Tony Schneider-Manzell from 1930.

In 1944, the church was damaged but did not burn out. From 1965 to 1968, extensive renovation took place under the direction of architect Wilfried Beck-Erlang.

The formerly painted wooden ceiling was renewed and windows by the artist Lothar Quinte were installed.

These concrete glass windows from 1968 pick up the clinker brickwork in their fine struc­turing and fit harmo­niously into the appearance of the church.

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927-1928. Architekten: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

Sankt Petrus Canisius, 1927–1928. Architects: Hugo Schlösser, Wilhelm Friedrich Laur

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