Barry Lewis, architectural historian
More than one hundred years ago, at the same time that the Metropolitan Museum was being built on upper Fifth Avenue, the New York Central Railroad married steel construction and electric train traction with a beaux-arts vision of the city that reimagined New York on a twentieth-century scale. The terminal itself at 42nd Street is an amalgam of modernist efficiency and neoclassical grandeur; but that very Yankee synthesis created a city within a city of transit hub, skyscraper commercial buildings, and an apartment-house boulevard, Park Avenue, that stretched to 97th Street. Join us to look at American urbanism when cities—not suburbs—were on our minds, and our major city, New York, was entering the category of "world-class capital."
Recorded October 3, 2013