Guastavino tiles, the invention of Spanish emigree Rafael Guastavino, revolutionized building at the turn of the twentieth century, making possible many of New York City’s most iconic sites: Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, Carnegie Hall, and St. John the Divine, to name a few. And now we can add Green-Wood to that list! Our Cemetery historian, Jeff Richman, has recently discovered the use of these famed tiles in the hidden dome of the Historic Chapel. Join Jeff and John Oshsendorf, a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grantee,” professor of structural engineering at MIT, and the world’s expert on Guastavino tiles, for a discussion of this great discovery—which places Green-Wood at the center of the story of the Guastavino Company and its work with the leading architects of a century ago.
This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.