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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393047652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393047653
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York City's Grand Central Terminal is among those iconic structures that symbolize, if not a nation, then a national spirit. This book recounts the dramatic story of the terminal with a cast that includes the Vanderbilt dynasty, Jimmy Durante, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Architects Belle and Leighton, whose firm supervised the spectacularly successful restoration of Grand Central, provide an insider's perspective on the effort to rescue the once-endangered terminal. Unfortunately, perhaps in an effort to reach a wide audience, the text is weighted toward economic aspects, cultural significance, and lore; design and architecture are given cursory treatment. Even so, this is an engaging account of the rise and decline of mass transport in this century. For large public and academic libraries, and collections with concentrations in urban planning, transportation, and historic preservation.
-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

John Belle is founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle and principal architect of the Grand Central restoration. He lives in New York City.

Maxinne R. Leighton is currently with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. She is the author of An Ellis Island Christmas.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on December 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book on a magnificent building. This book has wonderful period photos as well as recent images and the text is highly informative. It's hard to believe that this building was once slated for demolition, thanks to New Yorkers like Jackie O, Grand Central was saved. Everyone who visits New York City should venture into this singular station, it embodies New York and you get a real feel for Gilded Age grandeur. If you have any interest in magnificent buildings or just good books in general then I believe you will not be disappointed.
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By dusty on May 27, 2014
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Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives is a wonderful tribute to grand central station. A treat after visiting Grand Central.
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With the Centennial, nice. But designed/written as a brochure for an architectural firm. The history is somewhat a gloss. There are huge gaps - and a lack of information,
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tukusiapon on February 13, 2008
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This is one of the bests books about grand central and its surroundings ever published, not doubt you'll be 100% satisfied with it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Edward Arndt on January 18, 2013
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I finished this book about a week before a long visit to New York City. I decided to explore Grand Central as I never had before. Without going where I wasn't allowed, or crossing a "staff only" barrier, I saw more of the building than I ever had, and once again realized what a masterful achievement it is.
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