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For more detailed information, please scroll down. Sites are organized alphabetically by state.

Connecticut

·      Saint Anthony Hall at Yale

District of Columbia
·      St. Ann Catholic Church

·      Washington National Cathedral

Georgia

·      Berry College

Illinois

·      Ninth Church of Christ Scientist/Christ   

       Church Chicago

 

Massachusetts

·      Boston Public Library
·      Josiah Quincy Upper School

·      Massachusetts General Hospital

·      Tocci Building

Minnesota

·      Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Catherine University

Missouri

·      Mount Washington Cemetery Historical Society

 

Nebraska

·      State Capitol

 

New York

·      Albany Rural Cemetery

·      Armory Foundation

·      Buffalo Central Terminal

·      Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

·      Church of the Intercession

·      Grace Church

·      Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant

·      Greenwood Cemetery

·      Guastavino's

·      St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church

·      The Mount Academy​

·      The Tile House

·      The Woodlawn Cemetery

 

North Carolina

·      Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary

·      Basilica of Saint Lawrence

·      Biltmore Estate

·      Christmount Christian Assembly

·      Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

Pennsylvania

·      Penn Museum

·      University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning Commons Room

Virginia

·      Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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Saint Anthony Hall at Yale | Connecticut

The Anthony Trust Association oversees St. Anthony Hall at Yale, one of the Yale literary secret societies and also the Sigma Chapter of the Fraternity of Delta Psi. The current building was built in 1913, with a generous gift from Frederick W. Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the son of William Henry Vanderbilt. Frederick Vanderbilt was the next oldest brother of George Washington Vanderbilt II and had been a member of St. Anthony Hall, when he attended the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale. Frederick commissioned a number of buildings at Yale designed by the architect Charles C. Haight, including St. Anthony Hall. Given the dates, Haight and Vanderbilt would have engaged Rafael Guastavino, Jr. to do the work on the domed ceiling in a basement room in our building we call “The Crypt.” Perhaps Frederick Vanderbilt had seen Guastavino’s work in the Biltmore? The Crypt has a wonderful sound parabola, where someone standing in one corner can whisper and be heard across the room by someone standing in the opposite corner.

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St. Ann Catholic Church | District of Columbia

St. Ann is the oldest Catholic parish in the part of Washington, DC which lies west of Rock Creek Park and north of Georgetown. The present-day church is the third on the site, and is a larger version of a church designed by the same architect who designed the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Local Catholics asked the Jesuits at Georgetown College to establish a Sunday mission church. A small wooden church was opened in 1867, across from the juncture of Wisconsin Avenue and Grant Road. A second parish church with a Neo-Classic style and a stone structure, was completed in 1903 and is located at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Yuma Street NW. Construction of the current church began in 1946. The church was dedicated in 1948, with a dedicatory sermon by the Most Reverend Patrick A. O’Boyle, the first Archbishop of Washington.

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Washington National Cathedral | District of Columbia

The vaulting in the north transept ceiling was finished with Akoustilith tile, a cast stone tile patented in 1916 by the Guastavino family whose firm was responsible for many of the nation’s most historically significant timbrel vaulted tile ceilings and interiors. The tile had significant absorptive qualities that improved the ability for readers and preachers to be heard in worship spaces.

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Berry College - Ford Buildings | Georgia

Recently rediscovered as Guastavino's work, the Ford buildings were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford.

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Ninth Church of Christ Scientist (Christ Church Chicago) | Illinois

Dome made of Guastavino tile erected in the 1910s

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Boston Public Library | Massachusetts

Guastavino’s collaboration with Charles Follen McKim throughout a number of ceilings in the Central Library represented his first major American commission, the starting point for a company that would go on to construct vaults in over 600 buildings throughout the country..

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Josiah Quincy Upper School | Massachusetts

The existing Josiah Quincy Upper School (“JQUS”) occupies three buildings, which includes the former Abraham Lincoln School, a four-story structure with an area of about 72,444 square feet. The former Lincoln School building was constructed in 1911 and contains Guastavino tiles.

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Massachusetts General Hospital | Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Hospital has received many additions over its life, including several by the Guastavino company beginning in 1901 and ending in 1921.

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Tocci Building Corporation | Massachusetts

When the supply of high quality ceramic tile became an issue, Guastavino decided to build his own production facility. Guastavino then purchased this Woburn property. Guastavino II, a young and talented engineer, designed the new factory. In a 1907 dedication, a local Woburn paper described it as “an ornamental brick building that looks more like an art museum than a factory.” Tocci Building Corporation purchased and rennovated the decaying Guastavino Tile Factory in 1998 — nearly 40 years after its original operation ceased.

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Our Lady of Victory Chapel | Minnesota

The Chapel was completed in 1924 under the direction of Sister Antonia McHugh, who helped found St. Catherine in 1905 and served as its leader for more than 30 years. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Barrel Vault Ceiling Height: 126 feet

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Mount Washington Cemetery Historical Society | Missouri

The Gothic-Tudor William Rockhill Nelson Chapel and Mausoleum in Mount Washington Cemetery is built of the native stone Mr. Nelson promoted for construction of local homes. Completed in 1917, it was designed by architect Jarvis Hunt. It's vaulted ceilings are made of Guastavino tile.

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Nebraska State Capitol | Nebraska

Built 1925 - The theme of the Vestibule is “Gifts of Nature to Man on the Plains”. The sun, an important gift of nature, is represented in the center of Hildrethe Meiere’s Guastavino tile dome, and is surrounded by a circular mosaic representing agricultural products of Nebraska.

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Albany Rural Cemetery | New York

The Dalton Cinerarium was designed by Albany architect Marcus Reynolds and considered to be one of the “finest classical design, among numerous large-scale monuments he designed” at Albany Rural Cemetery. The dome was created and tiled by the Guastavino Fireproof Tile Company in 1929.

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Armory Foundation | New York

When built in the early 20th century it was one of the first armories in New York City built in the Neoclassical style, instead of the Gothic Revival mode favored during the 19th century. It was home to the 22nd Regiment of the Army Corps of Engineers and was used to give licensing exams for those who wished to become architects, engineers, nurses. etc. The interior retains much of its original finish. Rooms have terrazzo floors, glazed brick walls trimmed in terracotta. The cross-vaulted ceilings are sheathed in tiles laid in chevron patterns and have glazed terra cotta architraves at their entrances. It is now home to The Armory Foundation, which is widely regarded as one of the premier indoor track and field facilities in the United States.

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Buffalo Central Terminal | New York

Ceilings in the main concourse of the Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) "were crafted in the Guastavino tradition. The most time-consuming aspect of the terminal’s construction, the laying of the tiles was meticulously designed to improve the loud acoustics created in such a busy space." (Quote from https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/guastavino-tile-arches)

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Cathedral of Saint John the Divine | New York

In 1909, Rafael Guastavino, Jr. constructed a tile dome for the Crossing, intended as a temporary roof. The dome covers the Crossing to the present day and is one of the largest freestanding domes in the world.

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Church of the Intercession | New York

This landmarked church was designed by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (who is buried in the nave) as a chapel for Trinity Church Wall Street. The complex includes three buildings and a cloister garth garden. The Guastavinos tiled the vaulting in cloister garth, the Crypt Chapel, and possibly in the Lady Chapel in the nave as well.

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Grace Church | New York

Grace Church was completed in 1846 by James Renwick's architectural firm. After James’ death in 1895, his nephew William W. Renwick oversaw a number of projects at Grace Church, including the redesign of the chantry chapel’s exterior. This redesign included a new entrance – a small porch which features a Guastavino tile vault.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant | New York

The Grand Central Oyster Bar was always an oyster bar, a key aspect of Grand Central Terminal’s design conceived originally by its architects at the firm Warren and Wetmore. But more accurately, it’s a reflection of the mastery of Rafael Guastavino and his son, Rafael Guastavino Jr.

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Green-Wood Cemetery | New York

Havemeyer Vault, a granite mausoleum inside Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York; Interior ceiling is Guastavino tiles.

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Guastavino's | New York

Originally called the Blackwell’s Island Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge opened to traffic on March 30, 1909. Designed by architect Henry Hornbostel and engineer Gustav Lindenthal, the main section underneath the bridge consisted of a buff-colored canopy of tile vaults designed by Rafael Guastavino. This beautiful arcade underneath the Bridge served as a year-round marketplace where vendors sold fruits and vegetables and it quickly became known as Bridgemarket. With the onset of the depression, the market closed during the 1930’s and was later used by the New York City Department of Transportation. On November 23, 1973, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Queensboro Bridge a landmark, including the large areas below the bridge, which were described as notable.

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St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church | New York

The curved staircase leading to the choir loft in St. Patrick’s occasionally brings art and architecture enthusiasts to the parish because it was built by Rafael Guastavino, a renowned architect who used the same vaulted tile design in the construction of Grand Central Terminal (outside the Oyster Bar) and the main hall of Ellis Island, among other buildings.

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The Mount Academy | New York

The chapel at Mount Academy has Guastavino vaulted and titled ceilings. The chapel has been preserved and restored. A pipe organ has been reinstalled. Both chapel and organ are used for weekly assemblies and other school events.

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The Tile House | New York

The Tile House was the home of Raphael Guastavino Jr. from 1914 until his death in 1950. It was here the Rafael Jr. would experiment with different glazing and firing techniques in the onsite detached garage that stands today. The Mediterranean influenced house is an outstanding example of the work of Rafael Guastavino Jr. at the height of his career in partnership with prominent architect Henry Hornbostel. The Bay Shore residence is a showcase of the intricate work of the Guastavino legacy and the house retains a very high level of historic integrity. [From the National Register of Historic Places Program]

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The Woodlawn Cemetery | New York

There are a number of masoleums within Woodlawn Cemetery that feature domes and vaults created by the Guastavino Company. The Harbeck Mausoleum is the largest structure on Woodlawn’s grounds and houses only two interments. This is only one of the locations in the cemetery featuring an example of Guastavino tiles.

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Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary | North Carolina

Begun in 1909 and completed in 1911, the Spanish Baroque style building is exceptional in its construction and design. The plan is that of a Greek cross, with a high dome at the crossing, and barrel vaults above the transepts and sanctuary. Saint Mary Church is one of only a few buildings for which the Guastavinos were actually the architects. They also designed the altars, the terra cotta frieze of the apostles and other interior furnishings.

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Basilica of Saint Lawrence | North Carolina

In St. Lawrence Catholic Church every horizontal surface in the building is made of this combination of tile and mortar. The building also houses the crypt of Rafael Guastavino.

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Biltmore Estate | North Carolina

Guastaivino was commissioned by Biltmore architect Richard Morris Hunt to create the decorative tile vaulting at Biltmore House, including the hall ceilings around the Winter Garden. His tile work in the Swimming Pool is reminiscent of the vaulting in New York City’s earliest subway stations, another Guastavino design.

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Christmount Christian Assembly | North Carolina

Located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, is the family estate, farm and kilns of Rafael Guastavino, constructed c1895.

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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center | North Carolina

The Museum, located in Guastavino's final hometown of Black Mountain, houses several items from his former Rhododendron Estate, including the bell from the home's bell tower.

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Penn Museum | Pennsylvania

1915: The Harrison Wing opens, welcoming visitors to soaring galleries housing collections from Asia and to events in an immense auditorium. Named for visionary Penn Provost (1894 – 1910) and Museum President (1916 – 1929) Charles Custis Harrison, the Harrison Auditorium is an architectural wonder: one of the largest unsupported masonry floor-domes in the world spans 90 feet and supports the floor of the Rotunda above. The Guastavino engineering firm drew on ancient Catalan construction traditions to achieve this feat. The lack of pillars created a space with 800 unobstructed-view seats.

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University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning Commons Room | Pennsylvania

The main part of the Cathedral's first floor is the Commons Room, called one of the "great architectural fantasies of the twentieth century," is a Gothic-style hall that covers half an acre and extends upwards four stories, reaching 52 feet tall. The room was a gift of Andrew Mellon. It is a piece of true Gothic architecture; no steel supports were used in the construction of its arches. Each arch is a true arch, and they support their own weight. Each base for the arches weighs five tons, and it is said that they are so firmly placed that each could hold a large truck. The large central piers act only as screens for the structural steel that holds up the upper floors of the building. Despite its heavy use, the Commons Room is kept quiet by the use of Guastavino acoustical tiles as the stones between the ribs of vaulting.

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart | Virginia

Architect Joseph Hubert McGuire designed a Renaissance revival structure entered by passing under a colossal portico of six Corinthian columns. Fireproof tiles by Rafael Guastavino cover the porch’s ceiling. With its flanking, twin towers, the church recalls vaguely St. Paul’s Cathedral, Christopher Wren’s London masterwork. Virginia granite and Indiana limestone are used on the exterior. And, like St. Paul’s, a high dome rises dramatically at the crossing of the nave and transepts.

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