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Bhm, Dominikus

Bhm, Dominikus dm?n?ko?os bm [key], 1880?1955, German architect. The widely varied styles of Catholic churches designed by Bhm have strongly influenced 20th-century ecclesiastical architecture in Europe and America. The Gothic fantasia of the War Memorial Church in Neu-Ulm (1923) and the simple parabolic vaulting of the church at Bischofsheim (1925) are examples of his expressionist period. By 1929, Bhm had achieved a rectangular simplicity in design as, e.g., in the church of Maria Knigin at Marienburg outside Cologne (1954). Sankt Engelbert, Cologne-Riehl (1931?33), with its circular plan and paraboloid vaulting, is perhaps Bhm's finest work.

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