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Revitalize, Replace, Reimagine - Terrazzo and Tile at the Denver Art Museum

February 27, 2020

The new ellipitical terrazzo stair connecting Duncan Hall to the Sie Welcome Center's Sturm Grand Pavilion. Photo Credit: James Florio

On February 27th, Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer spoke on Machado Silvetti’s approach to Terrazzo and Tile for the Denver Art Museum project at Surface Effects, a symposium on architectural tile and terrazzo and its conservation. The Symposium was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, the International Masonry Institute, and the Association for Preservation Technology – Delaware Valley Chapter.

Elliptical terrazzo stairs, construction photo of guardwall before and after hand-troweled and hand-polished terrazzo, the biggest challenge in the construction of the stair (left) and photo of completed stair (right)

Surface Effects: Architectural Tile & Terrazzo and its Conservation:

“This two-day symposium and workshop will explore the history, design, and conservation of architectural tile and terrazzo. These masonry materials have been used historically as both decorative and functional skins and their revival, especially in the latter half of the 20th century, argues for renewed consideration. Interactive demonstrations will allow participants to better understand these materials and best practices in their repair and conservation.”

Learn more about the Symposium and Workshop:
Surface Effects: Architectural Tile & Terrazzo and its Conservation

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