Nonprofit plans Kenyan clinic modeled after St. Paul home
Kimpur and Larson started talking about the project a little more than a year ago. They met in October and visited the real Breuer house in St. Paul.
“It was important for Michael to have a physical connection with the house,” Larson said. “He was feeling the walls, almost trying to communicate back home that this is a sturdy building and is going to be amazing for the clinic. He talked about this exchange of architecture and ideas and how important space is.
“It’s not just a four-walled building. As people walk into this clinic from the community, they’re going to be moved by this architectural experience.”
Kimpur said the clinic will not look out of place in Kapenguria. Breuer was a Bauhaus-trained, Hungarian-born architect behind the striking Abbey Church at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.
His 1,800-square-foot house on a bluff above the Mississippi River in St. Paul’s Highwood Hills neighborhood was originally designed for artist and monk Frank Kacmarcik. It features concrete block walls, steel doors, a flat roof and floor-to-ceiling windows.
“Breuer was a great architect, but he chose to use his talents to make a house for a simple monk,” Kimpur said. “This house was not made for a wealthy man. It is not a luxury building. It is a simple structure, in fact, much like the buildings we have at Daylight.”
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