Wybe Van Der Meer, architect – 128-130 Smith Ave.


Source: Jeff Aulik, who photograph and sent us the scan

Wybe Van Der Meer is well known for designing Catholic Churches and schools in the Rockford Area, such as the Chancery Office, St. Anthony Church, St. Thomas High School, Muldoon High School, St. Patrick’s School on Royal Ave., St. Peter’s.  He also designed many houses and apartments.  This apartment building was built in 1922.

“Diocese to Build New Chancery Office Here” – 1929

The first Chancery office in Rockford was in the home of Rt. Rev. Edward F. Hoban, D.D., bishop of the diocese.  His home was located at 1704 National Ave.

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The second chancery office, designed by architect Wybe Van Der Meer, was at N. Court and Summer Sts., by the Cathedral of St. Peter. The address of the chancery was 1245 N. Court St., 1929

The third chancery office was at Seton Center, formerly St. Thomas Catholic Boys High School, at 921 West State St. until 2002. Articles imply that part was a Seton Center and part remained by St. Peter’s.

The fourth chancery office is the former Dean Foods technical center at 555 Colman Center Drive, from 2002 to present (2016).