Join us for a virtual tour of Society of St. Paul Seminary.
This virtual talk will explore the Society of St. Paul seminary, an incredibly striking and unusual building that most New Yorkers know from seeing its exterior concrete stair tower rising out of the landscape near the Staten Island Expressway. Completed in 1969, the main building is a five story Brutalist structure of concrete and glass. The Society of St. Paul’s, or the Paulines, mission is to communicate the Christian message through all means of technology. To accomplish this purpose the complex was originally built to house a massive printing house, including offices, presses, bookstore, and chapel. This tour is presented in collaboration with Queens Modern.
Architect: Silverman & Cika
Led by: Frampton Tolbert, Founder, Queens Modern.
Frampton Tolbert is an architectural historian focusing on the study and documentation of vernacular and regional modernism. He created the digital projects Mid-Century Mundane and Queens Modern to explore the rich history of modernism in Queens and beyond. He has received a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant and a James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship for his work.