Past Programs
Grand Central, Grand Vision
Barry Lewis
Thu, February 7th, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)

Note: This event is sold out


More than a century ago, the New York Central Railroad married steel construction and electric train traction to a Beaux-Arts vision of the city that reimagined New York on a twentieth-century scale. The Terminal at 42nd Street is an amalgam of modernist efficiency and neo-classical grandeur. Join us to look at American urbanism when cities — not suburbs — were on our minds and New York was emerging as a “world class capital.”


Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and the host of a popular series of walking tours on PBS. He teaches at Cooper Union Forum and the New York School of Interior Design.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Availability is limited.

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