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Marcel Breuer and a committee of twelve plan a church : a monastic memoir

by Hilary Thimmesh

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Internationally renowned architect I. M. Pei commented that if Marcel Breuer s church for Saint John s Abbey had been built in New York instead of the north woods of Minnesota it would be world famous. Hamilton Smith, Breuer s longtime associate, wrote that the completed church was that rare thing, an architectural design fully realized, and he regarded it as Breuer s finest achievement. The junior member of the twelve-monk planning committee recounts in warm and frequently humorous detail how its members related to the Hungarian-born Bauhaus-trained architect who had no background in church architecture but shared their belief in the enduring quality of simple materials sympathetically used. How the strong architect-client relationship survived the strain of disagreement at a critical moment in completion of the church is the narrative high point in this informal record of four years in which the reader sees a masterpiece of modern church architecture take shape.

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