Architecture Tour

Tour of Guastavino’s New York

Discover the work and life of Catalan architect Rafael Guastavino in Manhattan

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Tour Length

2 hours

Guastavino's banquet hallWhispering Gallery at Grand Central TerminalGustavino tile in Grand Central Carriage areaInside Roosevelt Island Visitor Center

Discover the stunning and often hidden architecture of New York City's most under appreciated engineers. The Guastavino father and son team incorporated their tile arch system into dozens of buildings across the five boroughs including NYC’s most iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, City Hall Station, and the Queensboro Bridge. Travel up the east side of Manhattan to uncover these often hidden-in-plain-sight gems and learn what made Guastavino’s work so visually and structurally breathtaking while appreciating them firsthand.

(Please note we will not be entering into City Hall subway station, but you will see it from the train).

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  • Uncover one of Guastavino’s lesser known but most impressive vaults in lower Manhattan.
  • Ride through Guatavino’s most coveted New York construction closed off to all who don’t know the secret way in to see it.
  • Look in on a space once known as “the Cathedral” built into a bridge.
  • Walk through the only Guastavino vehicular tunnel.
  • Discover a hidden Guastavino vault in Grand Central Terminal (no it’s not the Whispering Gallery or the Oyster Bar)

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Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal

Know Before You Go

Where To Meet
The group meets at the corner of Broadway and Dey St, in front of the Subway Exit.

How To Get There
By Subway: 2,3,4,5,A,C to Fulton Street or R,W to Cortlandt Street

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a metrocard for this tour?

Yes! We will swipe in the subway system twice

How much walking will we do?

This tour covers approximately 2 miles.

Will we go inside City Hall Station?

We will get a brief look at City Hall station as we ride through the station and observe it from inside the subway car. We will not step off the train and walk around inside City Hall Station.

Guastavino's banquet hall
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