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Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces

September 28, 2012February 24, 2013

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Boston Public Library partner to present the first major exhibition on the Guastavino Company and its architectural and historical legacy.  Rafael Guastavino–a Spanish immigrant, innovative builder, and visionary architect–and his son Rafael Jr. contributed to the design and construction of structural tile vaulting in over 1,000 major buildings across the United States, including the Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Station. In addition to the gallery exhibition, a dedicated website, public programs, walking tours, lectures and family activities will be available to the public.  For more information about the project, visit

This exhibition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will also travel to the National Building Museum in Washington DC and the Museum of the City of New York.

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