When Apple and architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle began to restore Washington, D.C.’s Carnegie Library, they found a surprise in the basement. An original Guastavino tile ceiling was hiding in the former Bicycle Room under a layer of paint and light fixtures. Preservationists brought the tile back to life, and the space is now a gallery dedicated to the history of Carnegie Library.
Guastavino ceilings use terracotta tiles to form self-supporting arches and architectural vaults. The tiles at Apple Carnegie Library are set in a herringbone pattern with layers of Portland cement. Every tile in each of the three gallery vaults has a uniform ribbed surface texture.
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