1904 – 1907
Architect: Otto Wagner
Baumgartner Höhe 1, Vienna
The church at Steinhof was built between 1904 and 1907 according to designs by Otto Wagner. It is considered one of the most important examples of Viennese Art Nouveau. The lead glass windows are a design by Koloman Moser. The Roman Catholic church building forms the central point of the Landes-Heil- und Pflegeanstalt für Nerven- und Geisteskranke Am Steinhof, which was built in 1904. The most striking feature of the church is the gilded dome and the statues of St. Leopold and the preacher Severin enthroned on the bell towers in front of it.
In the interior Otto Wagner subjected even the smallest detail to the principle of usefulness as a church of a psychiatric institution. Beauty, splendid furnishings and cheerfulness were to offer a liberating experience for the sick. Hard edges were avoided to prevent injuries, the rows of benches are shortened, the tiled floor has a slight slope to make it easier to clean, the holy water basins are equipped with running water to prevent infections. Paint is used with restraint in the church interior and is concentrated on the altar and the windows.