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Monday, October 18, 2010

Modernism in the Bronx

The gravity-defying trapedzoidal box that is Marcel Breuer's Begrisch Hall (1961) on the campus of the Bronx Community College.  

 Begrisch Hall pre-dates Breuer's design for the Whitney Museum by five years.

 St. Brendan's Church (1966) by Belfatto & Pavarini in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The resemblance to the prow of a ship is a nod Brendan's claim to fame--patron saint of navigators.

This is a close-up of the heavily textured brick facing on the church, liberally studded with clinker brick, the kind of brick that is fired too close to the furnace. Clinkers had no value until the Arts and Crafts movement commenced, and then their irregular, wabi-sabi attributes came to be prized.
To look at other examples of mod ecclesiastical edifices in New York City, visit: Mid-Century Manhattan Churches

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