"Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark", presented by the New York State Museum and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust
On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. The Terminal's creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design.
This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins, author of the new book Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark brings the Terminal to life – its remarkable history, stunning architecture, central role in creating midtown Manhattan.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanitites and is free and open to the public.