The history of terrazzo is a rich one. It can be traced back to some of the oldest buildings in Italy and even some of the ancient mosaics of Egypt. It came to the United States in the 1800’s but rose to popularity in the in the 1920’s. Since then, terrazzo’s use has been widespread in the design and architectural realm. It’s beautiful colors, versatile design capabilities, and durability has made it an obvious choice for many large projects over the years—in fact, it can be spotted on some of the most famous landmarks across the United States. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California to the Hoover Dam – terrazzo has been an architectural favorite.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame might be the most well-known example of terrazzo in action! The internationally-recognized Hollywood icon was started in 1958 to acknowledge and honor exceptional work in theater, radio, motion pictures, recording, television, and in more recent years other celebrity big names. 25 people are selected to receive a star each year and some of the most famous celebrities from The Beatles, to Oprah, have a treasured star! Each star on the Walk of Fame consists of a pink terrazzo star rimmed with bronze with the winner’s name in a gold inlay. Being one of L.A.’s most popular tourist attractions, the site boasts 10 million guests every year!
The Hoover Dam, constructed between 1931-1936 is without a doubt an architectural marvel. The 726 feet high structure situated on the divide between Arizona and Nevada, holds back the Colorado River. Its purpose was (and still is) to control floods, provide irrigation, and provide power to thousands of people. The streamlined look of the dam was influenced by Gordon B. Kaufmann and Allen True. The two added hints of modernism and art deco throughout and True decided to add, you guessed it- terrazzo as part of the design. The distinctive motifs, Southwestern Indian designs that are made entirely of terrazzo, can be seen throughout the interior of the dam!
Ah, the most magical place on earth- Disneyland! The childhood favorite, located in California opened in 1955 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Disneyland and its counterparts around the globe have made use of terrazzo in many of its attractions, resorts and more. The versatility of design capabilities allow for a wide range of colors and motifs to be utilized and the durability factor combats the millions that pass through the parks each year. From Main Street USA to the flooring of major attractions, you’re sure to find terrazzo!
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