Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Paperback)

Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile Cover Image
By John Ochsendorf, Michael Freeman (Photographs by)


The first monograph to celebrate the architectural legacy of the Guastavino family is now available in paperback. First-generation Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. oversaw the construction of thousands of spectacular 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 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 Room at Ellis Island, and many major university buildings. Guastavino Vaulting blends a scholarly history of the technology with archival images, drawings, and stunning photographs that illustrate the variety and endurance of this building method.

About the Author

John Ochsendorf was the first engineer to be awarded a Rome Prize (2007) and the first structural engineer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He currently teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Praise For…

American architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries would leave empty spaces in their blueprints and simply write "Guastavino Here." -Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616892449
ISBN-10: 1616892447
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2013
Pages: 256
Language: English
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