HELP ENSURE THE RESTORATION OF:
         SKINNER ORGAN OPUS 637
AN HISTORIC PIPE ORGAN LOCATED AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL, MAPLEWOOD NJ
The CHS Organ Fund is applying for a grant to restore Columbia's Historic Pipe Organ.

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    THE GAUSTAVINO CEILING:
NOTHING Over the swimming pool at Columbia High School has a very interesting ceiling! If you have ever been to the Oyster Bar under Grand Central Station, or to Guastavino's under the 59th Street Bridge, or the main waiting room at Ellis Island, you've seen nearly identical ceilings to the one at Columbia High School. The ceiling at CHS, like the others mentioned, was built by the R. Guastavino Company using their patented Akoustolith tile. Rafael Guastavino, once a noted architect in Spain, emigrated to the United States in 1881. In 1889, his firm partnered with McKim Mead and White on the construction of the Boston Public Library. After that point, his work was incorporated into numerous famous public buildings. What made these vast barrel vaulted herringbone patterned ceilings possible to build was the self-supporting nature of the process. Several thin layers of tile and quick setting concrete resulted in a remarkably strong and durable arch. When faced with tile and raised mortar, Guastavino's signature style is easily recognizable.

Columbia High School is listed in a recent book on Guastavino tile, Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile.

Guastavino used a picture of the CHS pool in his advertisements.

Guastavino's original design plans are at the Avery Architectural Libary at Columbia University. Here is a scan of the plan for the CHS Pool:

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
ABOUT SKINNER ORGANS `
ABOUT THE CHS SKINNER
ABOUT CHS
THE ORGAN AND THE COMMUNITY
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