The History of Terrazzo
In the late 1700s, terrazzo was brought over to the US from Europe. Monumental structures quickly began using terrazzo, including George Washington’s home in Mt. Vernon. Epoxies, polyesters, latex and acrylics have improved terrazzo greatly in the past 40 years. Rustic terrazzo was also created for sidewalks, plazas, terraces, pools and stairways and could also be used on decks and walls. Today, almost anyone can own the floor “Meant for Kings and Queens” and it is viewed by architects as a great, contemporary style for walls and floors. The floor in the below picture is over sixty years old. It looks better today than the day it was first installed.
Pre-1920s Workers with Galeras
Post 1920s workers with electric terrazzo grinders (The modern Galera)