Tag: historical terrazzo

Terrazzo Maps Out Early American History

One of first things you notice when you reach the second floor of the Frazier History Museum is an intricate map of the American colonies, complete with waterways, towns, and topographic contour lines. But, it’s not in a display case or framed on the wall. You’ll find it beneath your feet, as an amazing terrazzo floor, leading […]

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Flooring Designs: You may be walking on a piece of art

Jennifer Harbster of the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business division, believes that we rarely take the time to notice and enjoy the artistic details that go into the flooring design of a building. Sadly, she is right. But thankfully, she recognizes that if we just take a second to take quick look under […]

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Past and Present: The History of Terrazzo

Terrazzo has quite the interesting history, with roots all over the globe. We’re going to take a quick dip into the history books and look at how terrazzo made its way to America. To look at the beginnings of terrazzo we have to go more back more than 500 years, to Italy. While marble was […]

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Six Decades Later, Terrazzo Still Inspires

The sisters of St. Francis Convent in Mishawaka, IN, have been singing, congregating, and praying on the same terrazzo floors since the convent’s construction in 1950. Even with minimal maintenance, the terrazzo floors in the lobby, corridors, convent chapel, and main chapel are as awe-inspiring today as they were more than 60 years ago when […]

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