At the end of the nineteenth century, the Saint Joseph Church became the third church in the city of Sint-Niklaas. It was built in the Tereken quarter. In those days, Tereken was a poor workmen's quarter in which people spoke a very distinct dialect.
This neogothic brick church was built between 1872 and 1878, but Edmond Serrure's construction plans did not follow the rules of the catholic church. In erecting the building the architect had to consider the surrounding streets and houses, which is why the church's choir is directed to the east instead of the west.
Have you noticed the heart-shaped holes in the shutters in the church tower? Makes you think of the toilet in your (great-)grandmother's house, doesn't it? Also, did you know that in 1888 one of the oldest pictures of Sint-Niklaas was taken from the tower of this church?
The Church of Saint Joseph has a unique pipe organ, made by Jean-Pierre Draps. It was built in three stages between 1978 and 1991. The church is a common venue for both classical and popular contemporary concerts.