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by Kurt C. Schlichting

Author: Kurt C. Schlichting
Subcategory: Transportation
Language: English
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; First edition (April 12, 2001)
Pages: 243 pages
Category: Engineering and Transport
Rating: 4.6
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I approach Grand Central Terminal from the perspective of an amateur historian interested in the history of the New York Central System of railroads

I approach Grand Central Terminal from the perspective of an amateur historian interested in the history of the New York Central System of railroads. This book is quite simply the best work I've come across in terms of outlining the interrelationships between the Central system of railroads, and the greater New York City area. The author set out to explain why the station complex was designed as it is, and discovered the only way to do this (not surprisingly) was to develop an understanding of the functions the railroad that built it expected it to serve.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings . More than a history of a train station, this book is the story of a city and an age as reflected in a building aptly described as a secular cathedral.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to America's Railway Age, and it remains a vital part of city life today. In Grand Central Terminal, Kurt C. Schlichting traces the history of this spectacular building, detailing the colorful personalities, bitter conflicts, and Herculean feats of engineering that lie behind its construction.

Grand Central Terminal book. Schlichting begins with Cornelius Vanderbilt-"The Commodore"-whose railroad empire demanded an appropriately palatial passenger terminal in the heart of New York City.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to. .

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In some of the most interesting stories of the book, Schlichting describes the planning and building of the new terminal on the site of the old depot.

Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. xiii + 243 pp. Illustrations, maps, tables, notes and index. In some of the most interesting stories of the book, Schlichting describes the planning and building of the new terminal on the site of the old depot.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to America's . Grand Central Terminal : Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City. by Kurt C. Schlichting.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to America's Railway Age, and it remains a vital.

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Railroad on and restoration-New York (State)-New York. n7 s35 2001 38. 7471-dc21 00-008641. Frontispiece: Grand Central Terminal from 42nd Street. The story of my connection to Grand Central Terminal in New York begins at a very tender age, with fond memories of train trips to New York with a grandmother who worked as a clerk for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. Naturally, the trip to New York ended majestically at Grand Central. Holding hands, we ventured across the floor of the Grand Concourse, engulfed by the hurry of New York.

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Personal Name: Schlichting, Kurt C. Publication, Distribution, et. Baltimore, Md. Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-232) and index. Corporate Name: Grand Central Terminal (New York, . Baltimore, M.Johns Hopkins University Press, (c)2001. Physical Description: xiii, 243 p. : ill. ;, 26 cm. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. Rubrics: Railroad terminals New York (State) New York History Conservation and restoration.

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to America's Railway Age, and it remains a vital part of city life today. Completed in 1913 after ten years of construction, the terminal became the city's most important transportation hub, linking long-distance and commuter trains to New York's network of subways, elevated trains, and streetcars. Its soaring Grand Concourse still offers passengers a majestic gateway to the wonders beyond 42nd Street.

In Grand Central Terminal, Kurt C. Schlichting traces the history of this spectacular building, detailing the colorful personalities, bitter conflicts, and Herculean feats of engineering that lie behind its construction. Schlichting begins with Cornelius Vanderbilt―"The Commodore"―whose railroad empire demanded an appropriately palatial passenger terminal in the heart of New York City. Completed in 1871, the first Grand Central was the largest rail facility in the world and yet―cramped and overburdened―soon proved thoroughly inadequate for the needs of this rapidly expanding city. William Wilgus, chief engineer of the New York Central Railroad, conceived of a new Grand Central Terminal, one that would fully meet the needs of the New York Central line. Grand Central became a monument to the creativity and daring of a remarkable age.

The terminal's construction proved to be a massive undertaking. Before construction could begin, more than 3 million cubic yards of rock and earth had to be removed and some 200 buildings demolished. Manhattan's exorbitant real estate prices necessitated a vast, two-story underground train yard, which in turn required a new, smoke-free electrified rail system. The project consumed nearly 30,000 tons of steel, three times more than that in the Eiffel Tower, and two power plants were built. The terminal building alone cost $43 million in 1913, the equivalent of nearly $750 million today.

Some of these costs were offset by an ambitious redevelopment project on property above the New York Central's underground tracks. Schlichting writes about the economic and cultural impact of the terminal on midtown Manhattan, from building of the Biltmore and Waldorf-Astoria Hotels to the transformation of Park Avenue. Schlichting concludes with an account of the New York Central's decline; the public outcry that prevented Grand Central's new owner, Penn Central, from following through with its 1969 plan to demolish or drastically alter the terminal; the rise of Metro-North Railroad; and the meticulous 1990s restoration project that returned Grand Central Terminal to its original splendor. More than a history of a train station, this book is the story of a city and an age as reflected in a building aptly described as a secular cathedral.