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Finally a book on this remarkable subject.,
This review is from: Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Hardcover)
Anyone who loves the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries will value this book. For the first time, in my experience, a work describes the history and construction of these extremely thin and strong tile vaults and domes. Gustavino tiles were favored by major architects of the era and appeared in Grand Central Terminal and many works by McKim, Mead, and White. One can learn much from reading it.
In chronological order, the author gives an account of the Gustavino family, their firm and products from the historical precedents to the decline and end of the firm in the 1960s. The various chapters are lavishly illustrated with technical plans, vintage images, company advertisements, and stunning color photographs. This is one of the most visually attractive architectural books I have seen recently.
The work perhaps leaves one with the desire to know in greater detail how the tiles were made and the characteristics of the mortar used. I suppose a good book inspires the reader to want to learn more about the subject.