Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A symposium by Paula Lieber Gerson

By Paula Lieber Gerson

In accordance with papers provided at a symposium held in 1981 on the Cloisters
(in conjunction with an exhibition entitled The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis
in the time of Abbot Suger (1122-1151) and at Columbia University,
sponsored through the overseas middle for Medieval paintings and the Medieval and Renaissance
Interdisciplinary experiences Committee of Columbia collage.

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TECTURE ADAPTS TO NATURE AND THE and tennis courts were formed in this way. ” course, and stable. Many of the items were quite unrealisnot be obliged to pay for luxuries. Instead, if a group of In later years the children’s play group, swimming pool, A third principle addressed risks and commitment. The intense commitment of the early Usonians to their core values, ideals, and each other while facing the (Being a director was not easy. The long, often contentious risks of radical design, the cooperative structure, uncertain meetings sometimes provoked resignations.

Herb Brandon was an especially met Usonia’s needs. To keep costs down Usonia purchased influential voice in this decision. “I felt that until we got some materials in quantity: a carload of structural lumber, some houses up, we would never get building loans and a carload of Rayduct (pipe for the radiant heat systems) mortgages,” he later explained. from Bethlehem Steel, forty thousand bricks, a carload of The cooperative and five families agreed upon cast iron drain pipe, and a carload of one-inch cypress.

The supervised homes. The March  Newsonian newsletter Usonians’ membership meetings, board meetings, and reported a meeting with  prospects at the Cooperative even dinners, parties, and happy hours were characterized Cafeteria in New York, and described some of their ques- by vigorous, often loud debate on organic architecture, tions: What happens to a septic tank if you have weekend social theory, and aesthetics. Early meetings were especially guests? If there is no cellar, where do children play when it strenuous.

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