An Architect and His Son: The Immigrant Journey of Rafael Guastavino II and Rafael Guastavino III


 It’s the late nineteenth century and New York City is booming. In the midst of an industrial revolution, with growth and opportunity everywhere, the city attracts those with ambition and talent like a magnet. Caught in the pull is a young and accomplished architect living in Barcelona, Spain, named Rafael Guastavino II. In 1881, Guastavino embarks for New York, eight-year-old son in tow, with the dream of making his artistic mark in America. Guastavino, and his son, Rafael III, will endure bankruptcy, panics, and personal tragedy en route to architectural greatness. Their legacy is a unique, monumental style found in the tile domes, archways and ceilings of many landmark buildings throughout the United States. The author tells a fascinating story about the lives of his grandfather and father from the 1840s to the 1920s, and offers a look at the economic, social and political climate of the times. This book features photographs of famous buildings and locations, as well as interesting architectural drawings.

Rafael Guastavino IV

2006, 5½x8½, paper, 122 pp.

ISBN: 9780788441431