The Secret Lives of Public Places:Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Tour: September 27, 2011 9:30am
GCT image courtesy of Cebete (via Flickr)

Grand Central Terminal is one of the most familiar and grand spaces in New York. Join HDC as we explore a plethora of hidden spaces throughout this Beaux-Arts complex. Designed by Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore and constructed from 1903-13, the terminal was designated as an exterior landmark in 1967 and an interior landmark in 1980. Its landmarking was the basis for several lawsuits that ultimately affirmed New York City’s Landmarks Law.

This special tour will be led by Dan Brucker of the Metro North Railroad press office. Mr. Brucker will tour attendees through such well-known spaces as the Great Hall, Vanderbilt Hall, the upper and lower concourses, as well as such rarely-accessed spaces such as the newly-completed Operations Control Center, special train platform (used by president Franklin D. Roosevelt among others), sub-basement (which Hitler tried to have destroyed in 1942), glass catwalks, and more.

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