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ERIC Number: EJ788996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Marcel Breuer at Saint John's
Carlson, Scott
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pB9 Mar 2008
A visitor to Saint John's University and Saint John's Abbey, in north-central Minnesota, sees something of Gothic heritage while standing in front of the abbey church, designed and built around 1960. The church's 112-foot campanile--a trapezoidal slab made of 2,500 tons of steel and concrete--stands boldly in front of a huge concrete honeycomb wall, with stained glass set in each of the perfect hexagonal cells. This is the work of Marcel Breuer, one of the most remarkable yet underappreciated architects of the 20th century, who brought an ambitious vision to Saint John's University when he was hired in 1953 to transform this campus. His 10 buildings here are considered some of the best of his career--and some of the best examples of the heavy, and sometimes difficult, Modernist style that followed World War II. What makes this architecture even more remarkable is that it is tucked away in tiny Collegeville, the home of a Catholic university and a 150-year-old Benedictine monastery, not far from St. Cloud. This article describes how the architect Marcel Breuer used Gothic inspiration to create a modernist campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota