Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream
Illustrator: Virginia Lorente
Rafael Guastavino Sr. was 39 when he left a successful career as an architect in Barcelona. American cities—densely packed and built largely of wood—were experiencing horrific fires, and Guastavino had the solution: The soaring interior spaces created by his tiled vaults and domes made buildings sturdier, fireproof, and beautiful. What he didn’t have was fluent English. Unable to win design commissions, he transferred control of the company to his American-educated son, whose subsequent half-century of inspired design work resulted in major contributions to the built environment of America.
Four suggested routes to see Guastavino tile in New York City, with map. Biographical notes. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Aug 2020
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Rafael Guastavino Moreno (1842–1908), Rafael Guastavino Expósito (1873–1950), Spain, Spanish architects, Immigrants and immigration, Architecture, Engineering, Ceramic tile, Tile construction, Vaults (architecture), History of the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company, New York City,