John Earley’s methods for producing exposed aggregate concrete provided the basis for the concrete industry's vast expansion into high quality architectural concrete.

John J. Earley trained as an architectural sculptor under his father, James Earley, and assumed leadership of Earley Studio when his father retired. Basil Taylor worked at John Earley’s side for forty-five years, coordinating operations, production and installation. Shortly before his death, John Earley sold Earley Studio to Basil Taylor for one dollar.

These historic photographs show craftsmen and artisans of Earley Studio. Also appearing in the photos is Allan McDaniels, the project manager and structural engineer for the Baha’i House of Worship. McDaniels collaborated with John Earley and Basil Taylor during the 17 years of the Temple’s construction. Together they solved numerous technical, materials and construction problems as they created one of the first architectural precast concrete installations for the Temple’s intricate ornamentation.

Prints of these photographs are in the collection of the National Baha’i Archives of the United States. With the Archive’s permission the images are presented here for educational purposes.

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