Laying a commemorative plaque on St. Joseph's Church

In view of the terrible days that led to the liberation of Le Havre, the rebuilt Saint-Joseph church was designed by its architects, Raymond Audigier and Auguste Perret, as a memorial to the victims of the bombings. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day and the liberation of Le Havre, a commemorative plaque dedicated to the 3000 victims of the Allied bombings on September 5 and 6, 1944 will be placed on this building in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, Mayor of Le Havre.
"Dedicated to St. Joseph, erected amidst the ruins, the new church will be the monument to the memory of the many dead of this great heroic city" Excerpt from the speech of Fernand de Plinval, President of the Cooperative Society, delivered during the laying of the first stone on October 21, 1951.
In October 1947, Raymond Audigier, architect from Le Havre, is tacitly appointed by the cooperative society of the real estate reconstruction of the churches and religious buildings in the Seine Inférieure, for the reconstruction of the Saint-Joseph church destroyed by the September bombings. 1944. He designed a preliminary project with a lantern tower to "add to the parish character of the church that of a memorial, in memory of all those who remained under the rubble." But in 1950, Auguste Perret will be responsible for this reconstruction, assisted by Raymond Audigier.
Promoting "the status of shrine and memorial of victims for the establishment of additional credits", Perret will rework his project church tower of 1926 designed for the Basilica of St. Joan of Arc in Paris, and make the St. Joseph's Church the signal of a city that it structures and gathers in the image of the centered plan from which the interior space is organized, entirely designed for the gathering of the faithful around the altar.
This church will become the place of the testamentary work of Auguste Perret, and should also be that of his last home because he wanted to be buried, as was customary for architects builders.
These wishes were not enhanced, but the "spatio-colorist" Marguerite Huré orchestrated this window as a partition from east to west, linking color and music whose claustras give rhythm and measure, composing a "symphonic poem" with 12,768 pieces of antique glass with 50 shades, declined in tribute to the one who offered him one of the major works of the reconstruction.
This emblematic building was classified as a Historic Monument on January 29, 2018.
A commemorative plaque will be placed on this building on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 6 pm in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, Mayor of Le Havre.
Contact details

Laying a commemorative plaque on St. Joseph's Church

Eglise Saint Joseph, Boulevard François 1er

76600 LE HAVRE

Phone : 02 35 19 45 45




Opening times

Friday 06/09/2019
From 18:00



Cultural, Heritage