The National Building Museum is hosting an exhibit about a little-known craftsman whose work with tiles graces many of the greatest public buildings, from the Supreme Court to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Rafael Guastavino immigrated to the United States from Barcelona in 1881 and patented a tiling method based on a Spanish technique that’s hundreds of years old. His work can be found in 600 buildings in 36 states. The exhibit, Palaces for the People, tells the story of Guastavino and his family’s business from 1881 to 1962. The show runs through Jan. 20.
Details: www.nbm.org or 202-272-2448.