Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives

Overview

A reissue of the celebrated photographic tribute timed to coincide with the building’s one-hundredth anniversary.
This is the story of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, a remarkable and beautiful building whose birth, survival, and restoration reflect the critical role architecture plays in the expansion of our cities.
It begins with the historic struggle to save Grand Central in the wake of the destruction of Penn Station and in the ...

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Overview

A reissue of the celebrated photographic tribute timed to coincide with the building’s one-hundredth anniversary.
This is the story of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, a remarkable and beautiful building whose birth, survival, and restoration reflect the critical role architecture plays in the expansion of our cities.
It begins with the historic struggle to save Grand Central in the wake of the destruction of Penn Station and in the face of economic forces in the real estate industry that were intent on its demise. There follows a chronological history of the previous two stations on the site, including construction of the present building. The text and photographs provide a fascinating firsthand account of the $400 million restoration, enlivened by the grand and anecdotal stories that involve the great building.

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Editorial Reviews

Amanda Dameron - Dwell
“This superb book exposes the critical role architecture plays in the expansion of our city fabric, and sets an appropriate backdrop for appreciating the anniversary of this monumental structure and its place in the American architectural landscape.”
Library Journal
New York City's Grand Central Terminal is among those iconic structures that symbolize, if not a nation, then a national spirit. This book recounts the dramatic story of the terminal with a cast that includes the Vanderbilt dynasty, Jimmy Durante, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Architects Belle and Leighton, whose firm supervised the spectacularly successful restoration of Grand Central, provide an insider's perspective on the effort to rescue the once-endangered terminal. Unfortunately, perhaps in an effort to reach a wide audience, the text is weighted toward economic aspects, cultural significance, and lore; design and architecture are given cursory treatment. Even so, this is an engaging account of the rise and decline of mass transport in this century. For large public and academic libraries, and collections with concentrations in urban planning, transportation, and historic preservation.--David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Belknap
The book is as elegant as (Belle and Leighton's) restoration project...It's an inspiring history, illustrated here with 150 splendid photos of movie stunts, deluxe trains, station characters, and restoration discoveries, as well as neat-o architectural cutaways and one painting—William Sonntag's 1880 watercolor of a rainy rail yard—that alone justifies the price of the book.
Business Week
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393084566
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,469,048
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Belle is founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle and principal architect of the Grand Central restoration. He lives in New York City.

Maxinne R. Leighton is currently with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. She is the author of An Ellis Island Christmas.

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