Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton

Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton

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Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
 
Grand Central, Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
230 pages
Copyright 2000
CONTENTS
Forewordvii
CHAPTER ONESaving an Archetype3
CHAPTER TWOLife Before the Terminal29
CHAPTER THREE How Grand Central Became Grand47
CHAPTER FOURReal Estate and Train Travel63
CHAPTER FIVE Home to the Nation77
CHAPTER SIXGrand Central of the Imagination89
CHAPTER SEVENThe Decline of Grand Central99
CHAPTER EIGHTThe Restoration Cast AssemblesI09
CHAPTER NINEGrand Central Is RebornI29
CHAPTER TENGrand Central as a Bazaar165
CHAPTER ELEVENInto the Twenty-first Century179
Epilogue210
Appendix: Plans212
Bibliography214
Acknowledgments222
Credits223
Index227

DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
This is the story of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, a remarkable and beautiful building whose birth, survival, and restoration reflect not only the changes that have taken place in our country's history, culture, and social consciousness, but also the critical role architecture plays in the expansion of our cities.
The book begins with the historic legal battle 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 intent on its demise. "The Committee to Save Grand Central" was formed by the Municipal Art Society, and with the determination of some of its highly visible members, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Brendan Gill, Philip Johnson, and others, Grand Central was saved.
The prelude is followed by a chronological history of the previous two stations on the site, the construction of the present building, and then a section on the wonderful human stories, movies, and radio programs that involve the great building. Also chronicled is the decline of long-distance rail travel and the emergence of the MTA as the force behind Grand Central's transformation and rebirth.
The book culminates in a detailed account of not only the $zoo million physical restoration by the noted architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle but also the politics of achieving such a gargantuan feat. The last chapter of the book is a splendid visual presentation of the new Grand Central in its restored glory.
Including both historical and new sketches, plans, and construction illustrations, with over 15o color and black-and-white photographs, this volume is at once a celebration of one of America's greatest works of architecture, a testament to human persistence and noble ideals, and a rich social history.


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