Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces at Museum of the City of New York
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Throughout the five boroughs are more than 200 long-overlooked marvels of engineering and architectural beauty - the interlocking tile vaults built by Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino, Sr. (1842-1908), and his son, Rafael Jr. (1872-1950). The system of structural tile vaults developed by the Guastavinos - lightweight, fireproof, low-maintenance, and capable of supporting significant loads - was used by leading architects of the day, including McKim, Mead & White and Carrere and Hastings. Ellis Island's Immigration Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Bronx Zoo's Elephant House, and Grand Central Terminal all contain Guastavino vaults. Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces is the first major exhibition to explore the innovations the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company (1889-1962) brought to the science and art of building. It was originally organized by MIT's John Ochensdorf, who is a MacArthur Fellow; it is being expanded here to include some 20 key Guastavino spaces in the five boroughs.
Venue Description: Open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm. $10; $6, seniors/students; free, 12 & under.
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