The town of Westende was completely destroyed during Word War I. Rebuilding started in the 1920’s and the church of Saint Lawrence, the presbytery and the local school were rebuilt from plans by the architects C Pil and H Carbon.
The church is a Neo-Gothic market hall type of building in yellow brick. In front of it is a memorial to the victims of WWI and there is a Calvary to the South East.
The inside is not plastered and harmonised by the arched ribs ending on circular pillars with octagonal bases. The ribbed arches are of wood. The west tower has a loft. The main furnishings are Neo-Gothic: the pulpit, the baptismal fonts the churchwarden’s chair and the side altars from 1924.
Two additions were built due to the increase of tourists: a Neo-Romanesque chapel dedicated to Saint Teresa in 1930 and a summer chapel, the Cenacle, in 1969