This beautiful photographic collection of urban train station designcovers a 100-year period from roughly 1850 to 1950. Striking original photographschronicle 40 large passenger station buildings still in existence in cities aroundthe world. From the great terminals of London, across the world to Auckland, NewZealand; from Toronto’s Union Station to the grand and crumbling Retiro Station inBuenos Aires — vastly different architectural forms are displayed and presentedchronologically. One-third of the stations included are among the best America hasto offer. Still Standing: A Century of Urban Train Station Designoutlines the history and development of large urban stations throughout the Westernworld. The basic physical forms and their evolution are reviewed in the context ofthe rapid growth of train travel. Christopher Brown discusses the arrival and impactof Beaux-Arts architecture in the 1890s and its profound effect on the Americanterminal. The end of the so-called golden era of passenger rail travel coincidedwith an architectural move away from the classicism of Beaux-Arts. New and differentdesign forms appeared while passengers defected to other means of transportation. These dazzling public structures have endured, but thephotographs imply a disturbing question: How long will they survive? This photographic collection of urban train station design chronicles 40 large passenger station buildings built between 1850-1950 and still in existence from the great terminals of London to the Retiro Station in Buenos Aires.
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