Mega Dose
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
  1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$37.25
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
6 Remote Warehouse US History- 20th Century

This title in other editions

Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City

by

Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

Schlichting (sociology, Fairfeld U.) examines the herculean task of designing and constructing New York City's Beaux-Arts hub of public transportation, completed in 1913. He details the colorful personalities, bitter conflicts, engineering achievements, and impact on the development of Manhattan.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This history of New York's Grand Central Station incorporates the story of a city and an age, as reflected in the building aptly described as a secular cathedral. 11 line drawings, 82 halftones.

Synopsis:

The terminal's construction proved to be a massive undertaking. Some of the 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. He 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 splendour. 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801865107
Author:
Schlichting, Kurt C.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore, Md.
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Railroad terminals
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.)
Subject:
Railroad terminals - New York (State) -
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Series Volume:
NL 11-1
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
10.26x7.25x.94 in. 1.63 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Your Naturally Healthy Home:... Used Hardcover $1.00
  2. The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty:... New Trade Paper $42.95
  3. Frank Lloyd Wright Glass Used Hardcover $9.95
  4. The World's Columbian Exposition:... New Trade Paper $22.95
  5. San Francisco's Panama-Pacific... New Trade Paper $21.99
  6. Middlesex
    Used Trade Paper $2.50

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Types
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Transportation » Railroads » General

Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$37.25 In Stock
Product details 264 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801865107 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This history of New York's Grand Central Station incorporates the story of a city and an age, as reflected in the building aptly described as a secular cathedral. 11 line drawings, 82 halftones.
"Synopsis" by , The terminal's construction proved to be a massive undertaking. Some of the 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. He 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 splendour. 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.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.