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Grand Central Station 155
 

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Grand Central Station was designed by Whitney Warren in 1913. The base of Warren's monumental style of structure was used with the famous Stony Creek pink granite. The distinctive stonework that frames the storefronts and lines the covered taxi area of the terminal is visible to pedestrians on 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. Grand Central took 10 years to build and employed a number of engineers and architects. Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms. They are on two levels, both below ground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. Stony Creek granite was supplied to finish the rest of the terminal and is displayed throughout the building.

Sources and Info:

http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/index.cfm
Deford, Deborah. Flesh and Stone: Stony Creek and the Age of Granite. Stony Creek, Connecticut: Stony Creek Quarry Workers Celebration, 2000.

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