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Three Days of Engineering Fun:
Kids & Professional Masons Create Prominent Arch for the Museum of the City of New York’s Terrace

Continuing DHS's commitment and focus on events that are both educational and interactive for our family and children in shelters, from April 15 to April 17, 125 kids, with the aid of masons, turned the Fifth Avenue terrace at the Museum of the City of New York into a construction site during "Amazing Arches." Ten shelters participated in the three-day, hands-on program.

Over the course of three days, the kids built a large arch in the style of Rafael Guastavino and his son, Rafael, Jr.—two master builders whose patented engineering technique helped shape Grand Central Terminal’s Oyster Bar, the Ellis Island Registry Room, and many more famous New York landmarks.

Members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and Local 1-NY assisted and supervised the construction of the arches.

Missed the arch-building session? Visit Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, a new show exploring Guastavino tile—an engineering marvel that shaped New York City's architectural identity. The show is on view at the Museum of the City of New York through Sunday, September 7.  For more information about the exhibit visit,