Church of St. Joseph, Le Havre

The church of St. Joseph is an emblematic building of the rebuilt downtown Havre . This is the first monument you see when arriving by sea

The old neo-Gothic church was completely destroyed in 1944 . Auguste Perret designed the plans for the new church, he wanted to be as a memorial to the victims of war. The project plans were inspired votive of the church Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc, a church designed by Perret in 1926 and originally intended to be built rue de la Chapelle, in the 18 th district of Paris . Father Marie convince the clergy and the Ministry of Reconstruction to implement this project.The completion of the building was given to Raymond Audigier. Perret’s death in 1954 , the church was completed by Georges Brochard who tried to translate what his master wanted to really shape the bell tower. Brochard and Audigier were also assisted by another architect, Jacques Poirrier. Work began on 21 October 1951 and ended in 1956 with the completion of the tower of 107 meters .The new Church of St. Joseph, opened in June 1957 and consecrated in 1964 , is the subject of a registration in respect of historic buildings by order of October 11 1965 , ten years after its construction, an extremely rare event which shows that this church is a building of its least controversial architect .In 1997 , the church is adorned with a light dressing.Major restoration work is carried out between 2003 and 2005 at a cost of 1, 6 million.The forum is now with its pipe organ, opened on 25 September 2005 with the Orchestre des Concerts Andre Caplet for the reopening of the church

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