100 Years: New York City’s Grand Central Terminal

Great public buildings don't dwarf people; they enlarge them. And for 100 years--it opened on Feb. 2, 1913--one of the greatest has been Grand Central Terminal in New York City

  • Share
  • Read Later

Great public buildings don’t dwarf people; they enlarge them. And for 100 years–it opened on Feb. 2, 1913–one of the greatest has been Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It was a conceptual bank shot. In a nation of wide-open spaces, it carried the American sense of nature’s vast scale indoors, framed it in a serene Beaux Arts classicism and put both things in the service of a signature of the modern age, the railway. It is, by any measure, one of the most gracious public places in the world.

And we nearly lost it. In the late 1960s and ’70s, with railroad ridership in steep decline, Grand Central had a prolonged near-death experience. Its then owner, Penn Central, proposed building a 55-story tower atop the terminal and sued the city to revoke its landmark status. New Yorkers, still mourning the demolition of Penn Station, rallied to save the place. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis joined the fight. Though in 1976 they won, the station was still suffering from decades of neglect and cluttered with commercial signage. But by 1998, a sublime restoration led by the firm of Beyer Blinder Belle had scraped away the grime and restored the exquisite vistas and magnificent ceiling–and more than that, reawakened the agreeable sense that even just making your train can be a noble experience.

More Photography from Time

13 comments
akcentjhon
akcentjhon


Bailey. I can see what your saying... Cheryl`s bl0g is neat... last friday I got a top of the range Toyota after having made  9677 this - five weeks past and even more than ten/k last-month. this is definitely the most-comfortable work Ive ever done. I began this 5 months ago and immediately started earning over  83 per hour. I use this web-site, pie21.ℂom


Swag
Swag

My Great grandfather the architect and muralist James Monroe Hewlett designed the mural on the ceiling, its a real treat to be able to see his work on a regular basis. His other works can be found around the city, some of his best murals are in the museum of American finance at 48 wall st, and he also worked on the design and interior murals of the Masonic temple in Brooklyn.

teleny
teleny

@Swag So you're a little Illuminati (hugs)....

GloriaHiggs1
GloriaHiggs1

upto I saw the bank draft for $4516, I be certain ...that...my neighbour was like actually earning money parttime online.. there aunt started doing this for under ten months and recently cleared the depts on there appartment and bought a new Citroλn 2CV. read more at,Great60.comTAKE A LOOK

teleny
teleny

...oh, and the ceiling painting, Winter Sky, with all its inaccuracies. And the Tiffany window (largest in history), and the statue of Cornelius (on the outside)...and the way they building embraces you, and makes you feel, no matter what, safe, and at home...

Swag
Swag

@teleny yeah, the ceiling mural is indeed backwards, not sure if JMH designed it that way or if the painters followed the design backwards, but its one of the endearing qualities of the space :)

teleny
teleny

@Swag @teleny I'd love to sponsor, or at least promote, a train with the Vanderbilt private varnish, to debark at the Station...

teleny
teleny

If you want to have a fun hunt in Grand Central Station, look for the acorns. They're everywhere. Then watch WALL-E. Then try not to cry...

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

doesn't the author mean "graceful" instead of "gracious".  gracious means polite, respectful, courteous, etc.......i don't think a building can possess human attributes no matter how nice it is.

dabangg328
dabangg328


before I looked at the draft of 5131, I accept ...that...my best friend truly earning money part-time on their computer.. there uncles cousin has been doing this 4 only 23 months and just paid for the mortgage on their condo and got a great Citroën 2CV. read more at,  pie21.om



Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,104 other followers