Adventure in Architecture
From page 73:
"Marcel Breuer is a member of a mythical club of staircase designers, but if a fireplace club were organized he would be the president. There are four fireplaces in the monastic building (see illustrations 36, 39, 46, 49), each different and each exciting as a formal organization of space with sculptural interest. The sculptural form of the fireplace in the Fathers' recreation room is now decorated and made more articulate with the addition of a Madonna and Child in wrought iron and a Saint Benedict by Joseph O'Connell, formerly a member of the Art Department at Saint John's."
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Left: Madonna and Child - from Adventures in Architecture, 1958, p. 71, figure 46. This sculpture is located in the Breuer wing, first floor, of St. John's Abbey.
Right: Joe O'connell tabernacle - from Adventures in Architecture, 1958, p. 81, figure 56. This has been re-mounted on a stand, is stored in the Abbey sacristy, and is used during times when the hosts are removed from the church, e.g. between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday.