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Rafael Guastavino: The Architect of Asheville

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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From the Biltmore Estate to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, renowned architect Rafael Guastavino shared his genius throughout the heart of Asheville, N.C. Discover for yourself the distinct style of Guastavino’s creations as architectural experts and historians lead you on a journey that traces his life, works and contributions to modern architecture. Field trips to the Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville, the Basilica of St. Lawrence — where Guastavino was buried — and to his home “Rhododendron” offer a look at his impressive use of arches and his revival of an ancient use of tile and mortar structural systems.


• Join museum curators at the Biltmore Estate for an exploration of both restored and unrestored sections of this famous home.
• Discover Guastavino’s unique approach to dome construction during a field trip to his home site “Rhododendron.”
• With an architectural expert, work through a design exercise in dome construction — then build your own model of a Guastavino dome.

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Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Click here to see a list of all programs at Montreat.

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All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required, a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
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