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  • The Sacred Modernist: Marcel Breuer and the Design for Saint John’s Abbey Church A Lecture and Book Signing by Victoria M. Young, PhDTuesday, January 27, 2015In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota—the largest Benedictine abbey in the world—decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. From a who’s who of architectural stars—such as Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, Barry Byrne, and Eero Saarinen—the Benedictines chose a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. In collaboration with the monks, this untested religious designer produced a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that re-envisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard for midcentury religious design.Dr. Young documents in her presentation ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 11:52 AM by Bill Marzella
  • A Members-Only Study Tour of the Madison House Saturday, November 22nd at 10:30 a.m.Located in the Brookeville Historic District in Montgomery County, Madison House is the oldest and arguably the most significant structure in this once bustling market town founded by local Quakers. The house was erected ca. 1798 as the residence and store of Caleb Bentley and is a vernacular expression of the Federal style. It is elegantly understated and includes many architectural refinements, yet as originally planned it lacked the formality common to other houses in the region constructed both for families of middling status and the more affluent. Madison House was later altered and expanded to conform to rising and more rigidly defined middle-class expectations, providing a case study for the ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 4:36 AM by Bill Marzella
  • Over There: World War I Overseas Cemeteries and Memorials of the American Battle Monuments Commission A Lecture by Lisa Pfueller Davidson, PhDTuesday, November 11, 2014November 11, 2018 will mark the centennial of the Armistice ending the Great War. In its aftermath, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established to enhance the overseas military cemeteries for the fallen and erect memorials to the combat accomplishments of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Just as the events of World War I are largely forgotten by the American public, the original commemorative program of the ABMC has been overshadowed by its massive World War II American cemeteries in places like Normandy. Initially the War Department established eight World War I cemeteries in France, England, and Belgium. ABMC was created in 1923 to improve these cemeteries and ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2014, 1:06 PM by Bill Marzella
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