Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York, NY
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La Massa Theater Vilassar de Dalt, Spain
City Hall Subway Station Heins and Lafarge, New York, NY
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Federal Grant Will Fund Exhibition on Visionary Architect at the Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library Press Release BOSTON — August 31, 2011 — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Public Library, and their partners were recently awarded a federal grant to draw attention to an innovative builder and visionary architect whose…

The greatest architect you’ve never heard of

By Sam Allis Boston Globe Staff / February 26, 2011 American architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries would often leave empty spaces in their blueprints and simply write, “Guastavino here.’’ They had faith that Rafael Guastavino would…


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Since the time of ancient Rome, architects, engineers, and builders have struggled with the problem of building domed ceilings over large spaces. No one was more skilled at this than the Rafael Guastavino family, a father and son team of Spanish immigrants who oversaw the construction of thousands of spectacular thin-tile vaults across the United States between the 1880s and the 1950s. These versatile, strong, and fireproof vaults were built by Guastavino in more than two hundred major buildings...(click to read more)


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