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Grand Central Station

New York Cotton Exchange Building, New York City
Barry A. Birrie
Grand Central Terminal,
New York City

Ink on linen, 1910
Prints and Photographs Division
Purchase, 1999 (230.4)

This elevation drawing for one of our nation's most famous buildings serves to enlighten our knowledge of the process of the building's design and construction by representing the stage before the creation of the final working drawings. The rendering represents the monumental south front of Grand Central Terminal completed in 1913. The drawing was superbly executed by Barry Birrie, who worked as the principle draftsman for the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore during the time they worked with the firm of Reed and Stem to design the renowned terminal in the French Beaux-Arts style. Popularly known as Grand Central Station, the building has been recently restored to its original splendor.

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