Last Chance To See Art of Structural Tile Exhibit

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image001(12)There are just two weeks left to see Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile – a major exhibition examining the engineering and architectural beauty of spaces designed and built by Spanish immigrant Rafael Guastavino and his son, Rafael Jr.

Lauded as “extremely cool” and “awesome” by CBS New York, Palaces for the People offers visitors to the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York a unique view of the Guastavino’s thin-tile structural vaults, which grace more than 250 architectural landmarks in New York City, including Grand Central Terminal and the Ellis Island Registry Room. Visitors can view the exhibition through Sunday, September 7, 2014.

“As you walk through New York City, look up. You will see the Guastavino Company’s treasures hiding in office buildings, parks, and even subway stations,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, the Director of the City Museum. “We are thrilled that Palaces for the People has revealed the Guastavinos’ profound influence on New York City’s architectural character to so many and hope many more will visit before the show closes in September.”

Palaces for the People showcases original architectural drawings, artifacts, contemporary color images, and historic photographs that examine the achievements of Rafael Guastavino, Sr., and Rafael, Jr. as they rose from newly arrived immigrants to successful entrepreneurs.

The exhibition includes contemporary photographs, original drawings from Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and a video installation that enables viewers to “visit” Guastavino spaces in the gallery. Palaces for the People was first organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s John Ochsendorf.

The City Museum and guest curator Martin Moeller revamped the exhibition to focus on Guastavino tile structures that grace more than 250 architectural landmarks in New York City, including Grand Central Terminal, the Ellis Island Registry Room, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, visit

Photo: Grand Central Terminal’s Oyster Bar (Photo by Michael Freeman provided).

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