How Terrazzo Works

Author's Note

I wasn't exactly enthused when I first found out that I'd be writing about flooring -- just being honest. I had a vague idea of what terrazzo was, but I didn't know anything about its history, complexity, or versatility. At best, I thought terrazzo was sort of a poor cousin to mosaic. Sure, that's sort of how it started, but it really has grown into an own art form and gained new life through its "green" possibilities. You might see utilitarian or ornate examples in all kinds of places. Terrazzo can be seen in a hospital, a university building, a sidewalk in New York, or in famous landmarks like St. Peter's Basilica or Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. I'll be paying closer attention to what's under my feet from now on!

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