Book Reading, Reception, and Signing for Dr. Victoria Young's Saint John's Abbey Church

Book reading, followed by reception and book signing, at Christ Church Lutheran

Date & Time:

Sunday, November 16, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Christ Church Lutheran
3244 - 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406




Please join us at the award-winning Saarinen-designed Christ Church Lutheran to celebrate Dr. Victoria Young's new book:

Saint John's Abbey Church:
Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Space 

The making of an architectural masterpiece in Minnesota,
a church that helped to define modern religious design



In 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, the Benedictines chose a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. This untested religious designer produced a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that reenvisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard for midcentury religious design.


Hear Dr. Young's lecture, "St. John’s Abbey Choice: Breuer, the Benedictines and Minnesota Religious Architecture," followed by a reception and book signing.


Victoria Young Art History


Victoria M. Young is professor of modern architectural history and chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work is featured in Casabella and Saint John’s at 150: A Portrait of This Place Called Collegeville, and she is curator of the exhibition permanently installed in Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House at St. Thomas’s campus in Owatonna, Minnesota. 


Dr. Young's book releases on October 20, 2014. For more information about the book, please visit:


Event sponsored by:
Friends of Christ Church Lutheran
Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians
Docomomo US/MN 

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.