Palaces for the People

Rafael Guastavino, Sr.

Rafael Guastavino, Sr. stands on a newly constructed arch at the Boston Public Library designed by McKim, Mead, and White (1889)

The main entrance hall of the Boston Public Library is finished with mosaic tile, which covers the Guastavino vault.

Guastavino tile vaults with polychrome glaze in the defunct City Hall Subway Station, New York. Architects: Heins and LaFarge (1904)

Decorative tile vaulting in the Vanderbilt Hotel in New York (1913)

Rafael Guastavino, Jr. and Hildreth Meière collaborated on the tile murals in the Nebraska State Capitol by architect Bertram Goodhue (1931).

Guastavino timbrel vaulted staircase at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York

The Palaces for the People exhibition at the National Building Museum

The NBM exhibition features a half-scale replica of a vaulted ceiling at the Boston Public Library.

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