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The Michigan RailfanA great read... represents railroad history at its best.
— David J. Mrozek
— David J. Mrozek
— Paul Malo
— Eric P. Nash
— Tom Lewis
— William Mitchell
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— Carol Poh Miller
Grand Central Terminal is celebrated for its Beaux-Arts style, but Kurt C. Schlichting looks behind the facade to see the hidden engineering marvels... [His] book will deepen anyone's appreciation for New York's most magnificent interior space.
Schlichting writes with deep understanding of Grand Central's engineering feats and artistic qualities.
His study peels away our contemporary expectations and experiences and reveals the layers of history and acts of men that served as the foundation for this great structure.
Ably tells the story of the New York rail system's most active and visible symbol: the architectural and engineering masterpiece, with its grand public concourse, in the heart of Midtown.
Kurt Schlichting's book is a fitting record of the history of New York City's central landmark, if not a national treasure.
Kurt Schlichting's history of New York's Grand Central Terminal gathers many actors and events into a clearly written and amply illustrated narrative of American commercial initiative... In his detailed accounts of the fiscal, stylistic, and engineering decisions that went into the creation of especially the second Grand Central Terminal, Schlichting clearly shows both how energetic and talented all of the people involved were and how dramatically they altered this central portion of New York City.
[A] compelling story.
A great read... represents railroad history at its best.
The most detailed account yet of one of the most important events in the history of 20th-century architecture, railroad development, and city building.
|1||The Commodore's Grand Central||8|
|2||The Engineer's Grand Central||55|
|3||The Architect's Grand Central||115|
|4||New York's Grand Central||155|
|A Note on Sources||233|
Posted January 4, 2013
This book is a must if you are interested in the history of Grand Central and th NY Central railroad. It is very well researched and very well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.