Station to station

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Phaidon, Apr 5, 2001 - Architecture - 240 pages
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Railway stations have long held a special place in the public's affection. The lure of the great terminus has been especially strong: the breathtaking grandeur of its architecture fused with the promise of adventure and escape. This book is a celebration of the life and architecture of the railway station. It examines the history of these fascinating structures, the great events -- both fictional and real -- that have occurred there, and how they have formed an integral part of the life of the cities they serve.

Steven Parissien discusses the many architectural styles and developments that stations have witnessed over the past 150 years -- from the early provincial and colonial railways, the Victorian Gothic of London's St Pancras and the Beaux-Arts splendour of Grand Central Station in New York, to the modern structural feats of Nicholas Grimshaw's Waterloo International Terminal and Santiago Calatrava's Lyon Satolas Station. Archive pictures, railway ephemera and new photography are combined to create a fascinating visual record for all those interested in trains, railway stations and travel.

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Since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s, railway stations have served as social gathering places and gateways to adventure and excitement, not to mention as the backdrop to numerous ... Read full review

Contents

NEW CATHEDRALS OF TRANSPORT
43
THE MONUMENTAL AGE OF RAIL
77
THE ECLECTICISM OF STATION STYLE
111

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About the author (2001)

Steven Parissien is Deputy Director of the Mellon Centre in London and former Education Secretary of the Georgian Group, the organization devoted to preserving Georgian architecture in Britain. His previous books include Adam Style, Regency Style, and Palladian Style.

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