Grand Central Terminal

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Phaidon Press, May 16, 1996 - Architecture - 60 pages
Grand Central Terminal stands at the true heart of Manhattan. Built at the beginning of this century it represents the ideals and aspirations of a great American city emerging as a world metropolis in the decade before World War I. Splendid and conspicuous, Grand Central is more than a building; it is not just a civic monument but the central component of an exercise in urban planning which set a new standard for New York and every other great city. Romantic, extravagant and gargantuan as Grand Central seems to late twentieth-century sensibilities, it still embodies a practical and progressive vision of urban life which has new relevance in the aftermath of the Modern Movement.

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About the author (1996)

Kenneth Powell is a British architecture critic, journalist, and writer. His many books include "New London Architecture, City Reborn, Culture of Building, The Great Builders", and a multivolume monograph on Richard Rogers.

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