Josef Kleesattel : (01.03.1852, Köln - 29.03.1926, Düsseldorf) : ein Beitrag zum Kirchenbau des Historismus im Rheinland

Wellding, Anna Maria; Markschies, Alexander (Thesis advisor); Raabe, Christian Julius (Thesis advisor)

Aachen (2018, 2019)
Dissertation / PhD Thesis

Dissertation, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, 2018


The architect Josef Kleesattel was one of the most important church builders of German Historicism, particularly on the Lower Rhine and in the city of Düsseldorf. He alone created 35 new churches in a short creative period of only 25 years, numerous redesigns, extensions and plans complete his work; mainly in neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style. Kleesattel's creative period is divided into three periods in this work. Reasons for this are different events, which cause new directions in his work. In addition, an image of the church builders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be gained in these periods. In addition to his church constructions, also known as "Kleesattel churches", the architect also created denominational buildings, secular buildings, monuments and arts and crafts. Like the majority of architects, he also took part in competitions, which means that unfinished projects appear in his work. Most of his works were affected during the Second World War. This was followed by a reconstruction in which many church buildings were rebuilt, mostly in a slightly altered and often simplified form. At this point, reference is made to St. Rochuskirche (1894-1897) in Düsseldorf-Pempelfort, probably Kleesattel's best-known and most impressive work.


  • Chair and Institute of Art History [218010]