About

The Guastavino Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is dedicated to documenting and preserving the tile vaulted works of the Guastavino Company. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Rafael Guastavino Moreno and his son Rafael Guastavino Exposito were responsible for designing tile vaults in nearly a thousand buildings around the world, of which more than 600 survive to the present day. The remaining buildings are found in more than 30 U.S. states, and include major landmarks such as the Ellis Island Registry Hall, the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal, and the Boston Public Library.

This page provides resources and further information on the company's work. Please contact us with questions or contributions.

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News

EXHIBITION

Guastavino scholars in the United States have created a major traveling exhibition titled "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces". An engaging and interactive exhibit opened at the Boston Public Library (September 2012-February 2013), traveled to the National Building Museum (March 2013-January 2014), and was on view at the Museum of the City of New York from March to September 2014. "Palaces for the People" has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. An on-line catalog of the exhibition and a database of approximately 700 Guastavino projects can be viewed here.

JOHN OCHSENDORF LECTURE

John Ochsendorf gives lecture as part of the Boston Public Library 2012-2013 Lowell Lecture Series: Common Ground. Watch...

CONSTRUCTION HISTORY SOCIETY OF AMERICA CONFERENCE AT MIT

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) hosted a two-day meeting at MIT on November 2-3, 2012. Half of the meeding focused entirely on research related to Guastavino vaulting. The partial archive of Guastavino papers presented is now available for download

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Projects

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IN PROGRESS

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Resources

REFERENCE BIBLIOGRAPHY

The most comprehensive and exhaustive bibliography has been compiled by S. Huerta, G. López and E. Redondo in their 2001 publication Las bóvedas de Guastavino en América. A Spanish language version of this bibliography can be downloaded in in pdf format

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Contacts

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guastavino@mit.edu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Program in Building Technology
MIT Room 5-418
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
U.S.A.

(617) 253-4087 (voice)
(617) 253-6152 (fax)

Project Director:
John A. Ochsendorf
jao@mit.edu

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