St. Ludwig, strijd om een monument

  • Hugo Landheer
  • Ton Wolswijk

Samenvatting

The local-history association Heemkundevereniging Roerstreek (HVR) and the St. Ludwig citizens' committee, with support from various other associations including the Cuypers society, have campaigned for the conservation of St. Ludwig College in the municipality of Roerdalen for years.

St. Ludwig College in Vlodrop was founded by Franciscans from the Saxon province. Just as many other religious groups in 1875 they were forced to suspend their activities in Germany. The priests bought a site in the province of Limburg.

Between 1905 and 1909 an enormous school/monastery complex was built in Vlodrop. The monastic order focused exclusively on education to German pupils. In 1926 the boarding school was recognised as a Gymnasium Deutsche Schule im Ausland by the German government.

Because of the decrease in the number of vocations and pupils the boarding school was closed on 1 October 1978. In 1984 the building was sold to the Education and Science of Creative Intelligence Organisation, a branch of the Maharishi organisation.

Shortly after the Maharishi had settled in Vlodrop, research was started within the scope of the Monuments Inventory Project. The St. Ludwig College proved to be a valuable building, dating from an exceptional period, the period of the Kulturkampf.

The Maharishi and his organisation did not have an interest in any historical research into the building. The municipality and the province took the position that the arrival of the Maharishi European Research University (MERU) meant an incentive to employment in the region. Both the government and the province granted subsidies to realise this economic interest.

However, any significant economic interest for the environment failed to take place. In October 1996 the Maharishi announced that he wanted to demolish the monastery complex because its building style, the character of the materials used and particularly the orientation of the building did not at all match the wishes of his organisation. In addition, there was the threat that the MERU would disappear from Vlodrop if the monastery complex was not demolished.

Since 1996 a new 'cultural dispute' has arisen. The conservation of a monumental complex which, in defiance of all the rules, is being gradually dismantled by the Maharishi organisation, is the issue of an almost inextricable tangle of legal proceedings.

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Hugo Landheer

Drs. H.A. Landheer BA is sinds 1997 bestuurslid van het Cuypersgenootschap. Hij studeerde politicologie in de Verenigde Staten en Geschiedenis in Amsterdam en Leiden. Na werkzaam te zijn geweest bij uitgeversmaatschappij The Reader's Digest en de Hollandsche Beton Groep heeft hij sinds 1994 een tekstbureau in Den Haag dat zich vooral richt op de bouw. Hij hoopt later dit jaar te promoveren op ‘Kerkbouw op Krediet’, een proefschrift over de financiering van de kerkbouw in het bisdom Haarlem in de periode 1795-1963.

Ton Wolswijk

Ton Wolswijk woont in Vlodrop en is inkoper bij een groothandel in elektrische apparaten. Hij is sinds 1971 actief in de monumentenzorg. In 1980 richtte hij de werkgroep Monumenten op van de Heemkunde Vereniging Roerstreek. Deze werkgroep zet zich sinds augustus 1996 in voor het behoud van het College St. Ludwig. Hij was ook lid van de gemeentelijke monumentencommissie en oprichter en eerste voorzitter van Monumenten Contact, een overlegorgaan van particuliere monumentenorganisaties in Midden-Limburg. Hij was ook actief in de stichting Historisch Boerderij Onderzoek en bestuurslid van de bond Heemschut afdeling Limburg.

Hoe te citeren
LANDHEER, Hugo; WOLSWIJK, Ton. St. Ludwig, strijd om een monument. Bulletin KNOB, [S.l.], p. 65-68, apr. 2003. ISSN 2589-3343. Beschikbaar op: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/knob/article/view/landheer65>. Datum gebruik: 15 nov. 2018 doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/knob.102.2003.2.288.
Gepubliceerd
2003-04-01