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Mystery Monday: it's in the vault

In 1885, engineer and builder Rafael Guastavino patented a system for constructing vaulted ceilings using terra cotta tile. Guastavino tile was enormously popular in the decades that followed. Yale has several examples; can you identify this one and/or name any of the others?

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  • Stewart Landefeld
    Stewart Landefeld, 2:28pm July 15 2020 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    Perhaps back (Old Campus) entrance to Linsly Chit; a short photo essay on the graceful arches of Guastavino at Yale would be a beautiful short YAM feature.

  • George Huthsteiner TD'74
    George Huthsteiner TD'74, 12:15am August 04 2020 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    Osborn Memorial Laboratory tunnel leads from Kroon Hall courtyard to Prospect St. and Pauli Murray College.

  • Mark Branch
    Mark Branch, 9:36am August 04 2020 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    George Huthsteiner got it. You can also find Guastavino tile in Linsly Hall, the Peabody Museum, Mason Lab, and many others.

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