by Anthony W. Robins & the New York Transit Museum
Opened in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal, one of the country's great architectural monuments, helped create Midtown Manhattan. Over the following century, it has evolved into New York's unofficial town square. Today, thanks to its rescue and restoration, the Terminal sits astride Park Avenue at 42nd Street in all its original splendor, attracting visitors by the thousands. This book celebrates Grand Central's Centennial by tracing the Terminal's history and design, and showcasing 200 photographs of its wonders - from the well-trodden Main Concourse to its massive power station hidden 10 stories below. Archival photographs as well as stunning contemporary images capture every corner of this astonishing complex. Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark is the official GCT Centennial commemorative volume, co-authored by the New York Transit Museum and Anthony W. Robins.
Hardcover; 224 pages; 10 x 1 x 9.8 inches; ISBN-13: 978-1584799948
|What's the Story||Grand Central Terminal opened to the public at 12:01 am on February 2, 1913 following a decade of construction. The imposing building, designed by the architectural firm Reed & Stem in collaboration with Warren & Wetmore, resembled a classical monument with oversized columns, large arched windows and detailed ornamentation. Grand Central was the realization of Cornelius Vanderbilt's dream for a grand depot uniting New York's long distance trains with local transit. Built in the Beaux Arts style, it houses one of the nation's most extraordinary interiors with Tennessee marble floors and Botticino marble details crowned by a vaulted ceiling that arches over the 80,000 square foot Main Concourse. The famous astrological mural, originally painted by the Hewlett-Basing Studio, dramatically depicts the October-to-March constellations of the zodiac on a cerulean blue sky. The 2,500 gold-leaf stars, 59 of which have been enhanced in brilliance with fiber optic illumination, glitter in golden splendor upon more than 750,000 visitors each day.|