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Dominikus Bohm

Cologne, Germany
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Dominikus Bohm photographed by Hugo Schmolz

Dominikus Bohm (October 23rd 1880 - August 6th 1955) was a German architect well known for his expressionist church buildings. He was mainly active in Cologne, the Ruhr area, Swabia, and Hesse.

Bohm was born in Jettingen as the youngest of six children to builder and mayor Alois Bohm and his wife Katharina (nee Hofmiller). He studied at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences where he graduated in 1900. Later he became a teacher at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung Offenbach (1908-1926). He also attended lectures by Theodor Fischer at the University of Stuttgart. He collaborated with Martin Weber and Rudolf Schwarz, designing and constructing churches.

In 1926, Bohm became professor for Christian Art at the Kolner Werkschulen in Cologne. During World War II he went into semi-retirement. After the war, he retook his position as professor in Cologne, and constructed eight new churches in the massively damaged city. He was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 1950, and the Order of St. Sylvester in 1952. Bohm died in Cologne, where he was buried on August 10, 1955.

Cologne, Germany