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Guastavino Vaulting

The Art of Structural Tile
Ochsendorf, John Allen (Book - 2010)
Guastavino Vaulting
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Since the time of ancient Rome, architects, engineers, and builders have struggled with the problem of building domedceilings 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 inmore than two hundred major buildings in Manhattan, and in hundreds more across the country, including Grand Central Terminal, Carnegie Hall, the Biltmore Estate, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Registry Hall at Ellis Island, and many major university buildings. Their patented vaulting techniques made it possible for Beaux-Arts architects such as McKim, Mead and White to create the bold, broad spaces that made them famous. Yet, because the Guastavinos served only as contractors on these projects, their firms accomplishments have remained relatively unknown to the public. Guastavino Vaulting traces the development of the remarkable construction technology from its Mediterranean roots to its highest achievements in the United States. This long overdue first monograph features archival images, drawings, and beautiful new color photography showcasing the most incredible Guastavino vaulted spaces. An extensive appendix lists the addresses of all known extant Guastavino vaults, over six hundred masterpieces small and large.
Authors: Ochsendorf, John Allen
Title: Guastavino vaulting
the art of structural tile
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2010
Characteristics: 255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Contents: Mediterranean origins
Toward the Boston Public Library, 1881-92
The success of the Guastavino Company, 1893-1908
Rafael Guastavino Jr. and the mature company, 1909-29
Reasons for success
The decline of Guastavino vaulting, 1930-62
The legacy of the Guastavino Company
Appendices: list of extant buildings with Guastavino tile vaulting
Additional Contributors: Freeman, Michael 1945-
ISBN: 9781568987415
1568987412
Branch Call Number: NA737.G79 O28 2010
Statement of Responsibility: John Ochsendorf ; photographs by Michael Freeman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Tile construction Vaults (Architecture) R. Guastavino Company History Guastavino, Rafael, 1872-1950 Criticism and interpretation Guastavino, Rafael, 1842-1908 Criticism and interpretation
Topical Term: Tile construction
Vaults (Architecture)
LCCN: 2009035394
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