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New Interactive Website Celebrates Grand Central Terminal Through Multimedia Exhibitions

Main Concourse—with Skylight Courtesy of the Warren & Wetmore Collection, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Main Concourse—with Skylight Courtesy of the Warren & Wetmore Collection, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
It's a grand online archive for Grand Central Terminal's one hundred years of existence. On Monday, The New York Transit Museum announced the launch of Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition made its debut in Vanderbilt Hall in conjunction with the Centennial’s opening ceremonies on February 1, 2013. Now this in-depth look at one of the world’s great landmarks moves to a permanent online base at www.gcthistory.com
The website allows readers to scroll through nine different sections following a narrative from early railroading in New York to the creation of Grand Central Terminal and the diverse roles it has played for travelers in its illustrious and tumultuous one hundred years of permanence. The clean, vertical layout is packed with information in a variety of formats, with text supported by archival photographs, drawings, video footage and fun facts. Four video interviews from historians and workers in the Terminal provide personal perspectives on what makes Grand Central truly one-of-a-kind. The website makes available for free worldwide the extensive research and stories compiled by the Transit Museum since preparations for the exhibition began in 2010.
Grand by Design was the largest exhibition ever undertaken by the Transit Museum. Wall projections, dramatic lighting, and large panels used the Terminal itself as an artifact, taking advantage of the expansiveness of Vanderbilt Hall. Grand by Design Online incorporates elements of that original design, giving viewers a sense of the physical installation. A twenty minute video follows a walking group tour around Vanderbilt Hall, time-lapse footage captures behind-the-scenes exhibit assembly, and high resolution photos of the exhibition are available for browsing. Discover Grand Central Terminal today at www.gcthistory.com.
Grand By Design Online is made possible by Stephen J. Vaccaro, Hospitality Holdings Inc./The Campbell Apartment, John di Domenico, Gerald Weinstein, and Ann and Andrew Fisher. The accompanying book, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, is available for purchase at the New York Transit Museum stores.