This charming children’s book that highlights Guastavino sites in Manhattan has just been published by Guastavino Alliance Member Rob Summer and his daughter, Mary Stephenson. It includes figures to cut out and a QR code to help locate more Guastavino sites. The book can be purchased at the usual online sites and at Town Hardware in Black Mountain, NC where Guastavino Sr. built his home, Rhododendron.
Congratulations to Rob and Mary for all the work to introduce new generations to the Guastavino legacy.
BERRY COLLEGE HOSTS GUASTAVINO EXHIBIT
“Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces” Feb. 8- Oct. 23, 2021
From 1882 to 1943, in thirty-one states and six countries, Rafael Guastavino Sr. and Jr. created more than six-hundred distinctive tile domes and vaultings illustrating a new standard of health, safety, and beauty in architecture. This traveling exhibition, organized by The Guastavino Alliance, initially showed in the Boston Public Library in 2012-2013, and features photography by Michael Freeman and original Guastavino Company drawings.
Additional artifacts and documents relating to Rafael Guastavino Jr. and Berry College’s Ford buildings are also on display in a supplementary exhibit, “Guastavino at Berry,” to honor Berry’s unique relationship with the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company.
THE GIFT OF REBORN SACRED SPACE
by Daniel Kelley, FAIA
September 2020 - When Temple Tifereth Israel was built, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver was a powerful man who could fill the sanctuary with his voice. His messages (and those of his son, who succeeded him) still resonate in the memories of the congregants. However, the porous Guastavino tiles that cover the walls and ceiling of the heptagonal, 1,400-seat space are not as well suited for the rich sounds and nuance of instrumental music. Read more...
NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ARTICLE FEATURES GUASTAVINOS
August 2020 - The summer issue of Preservation Magazine includes, 7 Majestic Guastavino Tile Vaults from Around the Country by Logan Ward. Four of the seven sites are members of the Guastavino Alliance: Boston Public Library, Guastavino’s (an event space below the Queensboro Bridge), Basilica of St. Lawrence, and the Nebraska State Capitol. The article mentions three other Alliance members: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Grand Central Station Oyster Bar, and Biltmore House. The three other featured sites (Penn Museum, West Side Market in Cleveland, and the Hearst Memorial Mining Building at University of California Berkeley) have all been invited to join the Alliance. Thanks to Mr. Ward for an informative piece.