Grand Central Station like you’ve never seen it

Looking strangely out of place on 42nd Street, this is Grand Central Station (formerly Terminal) in the early 1900s, after a renovation of the original 1871 structure—which had become too small for the growing metropolis.


Grandcentralterminal1871Cornelius Vanderbilt’s red brick terminal with its towering cupolas underwent a French Renaissance remodeling, which added three stories.

In the distance is the Queensboro Bridge, built in 1909. This version of Grand Central wouldn’t last long; it would be knocked down and replaced by the current Beaux-Arts beauty by 1913.

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3 Responses to “Grand Central Station like you’ve never seen it”

  1. Frank Says:

    The commuter rail station is still Grand Central Terminal. The subway stop is Grand Central Station.

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