Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark SOLD OUT
Where: The General Society Library
20 W. 44th St.
212-840-1840 Price: $15
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The remarkable history of Grand Central, its stunning architecture and central role in creating midtown Manhattan
Anthony W. Robins, Historian and Writer
Presented in Partnership with The New York Landmarks Conservancy
In this illustrated lecture, based on his book Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, author Anthony W. Robins, will describe the remarkable history of Grand Central, its stunning architecture and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.
Mr. Robins will also discuss how Grand Central 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.
Anthony W. Robins is a historian and writer who specializes in the architecture of New York City. He holds a Masters Degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and was the winner of a 1997 Rome Prize. During a 20-year long career at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, he served as Deputy Director of Research and Director of Survey. He has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Preservation, and Architectural Record, among many others. He teaches at Columbia University and New York University, lectures nationally and internationally, and has led many walking tours of New York. He is the author of architecture-related books on the New York City subway, and the original World Trade Center. His most recent book, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, won a 2017 “New York City Book Award” from the New York Society Library.
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