Martin Weber - Germany

Martin Weber (09.12.1890 - 27.02.1941) was a German architect who stood out especially in the field of Catholic church architecture. After vocational training in the construction industry, he visited the Building and Crafts School in Offenbach am Main. In the years 1914/1915 he worked in the offices of the architect Friedrich Pützer in Darmstadt and the architect Dominikus Böhm in Offenbach am Main. In the years 1919-1921 he lived as a wafer in the Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach. From 1921 to 1923 he practiced together with his teacher Dominikus Böhm the so called "Atelier for church architecture." In 1924 he settled as an independent architect in Frankfurt am Main. Together with Rudolf Schwarz he founded the "Study Group for religious art" at Burg Rothenfels in 1935. He built numerous Catholic churches, mainly in his hometown Frankfurt, what made him one of the leading church architects of the time. Martin Weber's churches regard the altar as the center and starting point of the sacred area, since the community gathers there to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass. He therefore designed unified church spaces, multibay layouts were not considerd by Martin Weber. The altar was architecturally highlighted according to its central task, and was not only in stepwise raised position, but also highlighted by the light.

1928 - 1929  Church of the Holy Cross - Frankfurt