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Timbrel Vault

A hidden benefit of my work is that I get to work in unusual places and see and learn about unusual things. Recently, I’ve been working in an underground crypt in downtown Richmond. The ceiling in the space is a thing of beauty. This is a “timbrel vaulted” ceiling, a self supported arch made using thin ceramic tiles as a structural element. This particular example of a timbrel vault is called “Gaustavino tile,” after Rafael Guastavino, who developed and patented his process in the late 19th century.


2 responses

  1. I could be coaxed into a tour – after all I do work downtown. Also a trip to Asheville NC is in order with the purpose of seeing Gaustavino’s masterpiece the Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

    March 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    • boatdog

      Sounds great. It’s worth seeing! I will be there Thursday from 11-4 or so… and the project opens in July, so there will be a number of opportunities. Asheville and nearby Maggie Valley, Biltmore and Pisgah National Forest (one of the only places on the east coast with old growth forests) are always worth the trip!

      March 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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