Boston Valley Terra Cotta is proud to carry on the legacy of Spanish architect, engineer, and builder Raphael Guastavino, most famous for the architectural terra cotta tile vault and arch system that he designed and constructed in the late 1800s. Patented in the United States in 1885, the Guastavino system uses Portland cement to set layers of terra cotta tiles in a herringbone pattern.
Given terra cotta’s non-combustible properties, as well as the lesser expense and weight associated with the Guastavino technology, this popular vault and arch system still has a place in today’s architecture in many major U.S. cities. Boston Valley Terra Cotta has manufactured Guastavino tiles for the restoration of two of Raphael Guastavino’s famous constructions – the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal and the Queensboro Bridge, both in New York City.
Please contact us to learn more about our Guastavino tile.