Saint John's University, Saint John's Abbey and University Church; Bell Banner (Collegeville, MN) : Detail, looking up at bells (hidden by ledge) and cross

Creator:
Breuer, Marcel, 1902-1981
Published/Created:
31802 County Road 159, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, United States
1958-1961; 1989 (alteration)
Physical Description:
112 ft (height) x 100 ft (width)
Date Depicted:
3/27/2011
Materials:
reinforced concrete; wood; bronze
Notes:
The dramatic Saint John’s Abbey Bell Banner is a landmark. Standing before the entrance to the church, the bell banner is a keynote for the building, establishing the principal underlying theme of the whole structure. It is 112’ tall and 100’ wide at its top edge, east to west. By design, the bell banner is the tallest structure on the Saint John’s campus. The banner’s architectural form recalls early mission churches in the Southwest. Its tremendous concrete slab, cantilevered on parabolic cross vaults, is pierced by two large “windows,” the upper one framing a laminated white oak cross harvested from the nearby abbey forest, fabricated by abbey carpenters, and stands 12’ feet tall and 7’ wide. The lower window houses five massive bronze bells produced by Petit & Fritzen bell foundry in Aarle-Rixtel, Holland (in 1989 the present bells replaced the originals from 1897, installed in 1960). The largest weighs 8,030 pounds. The five bells are dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Blessed Virgin Mary, Guardian Angels, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Benedict.
Variant Titles:
Saint John’s Abbey Church; Bell Banner
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Modernist
Twentieth century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-BM-SJUAB-B07
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
bell towers: campaniles (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architecture; music; built works; towers (single built works); bell towers; campaniles
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Eight
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
3/27/2011 12:00:00 AM
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2013; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4654
OID:
10889618
PID:
digcoll:1825720