• Terminal City (Grand Central Terminal)

  • Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.
Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by Jeff Smith
 
VERY dated article coinciding with the 100th anniversary of GCT in 2013.

https://untappedcities.com/2013/02/12/g ... inal-city/
For the past century, New York City has been graced by Warren & Wetmore’s Beaux Arts masterpiece. However, most people are unaware that Grand Central Terminal does not stand on its own. The original plans by Reed & Stem, along with William John Wilgus, called for an entire city to accompany their train station.
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Terminal City was to include a new home for the Metropolitan Opera and the National Academy of Design, as well as a 20 story post office building, office space, and hotels. While this vision was not realized, Terminal City did become a reality after many revisions. One of the most important aspects of the complex was its grand hotels, which complemented Grand Central both in design and purpose. We explore those hotels designed by Warren & Wetmore below.
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Hotels listed:

- Biltmore (had its own arrival station)
- Commodore (now the Grand Hyatt, gutted and rebuilt)
- Vanderbilt (apparently, Vanderbilt died after giving his life jacket to another on the Lusitania in 1915)
- Belmont (built by the guy who built the IRT and had a private subway entrance for his private car, Mineola)