This week, my group and I finished our research papers and began working on our creative project. Our group decided to do a video tour of Grand Central Terminal consisting of a walking tour of the terminal and a question and answer piece involving commuters using Grand Central Terminal.
For my research paper, I focused on the construction of Grand Central Terminal. Constructing Grand Central Terminal was an innovated task at the turn of the 19th century. The project took ten years (1903-1913) and cost around $2billion in today’s dollars. Throughout construction, Grand Central Terminal transformed from a steam power rail station to one of the first electric power stations in the United States. Along the way, scandals almost ended the Grand Central project. New York Central Railroad, the company in charge of the project, ended many architectural and electrical contracts; forced the head of the project, William Wilgus, to resign; covered up a wreck caused by a design flaw; and was investigated by the NY DA’s office. Although this would deter many, NY Central proceeded with its plans to construct Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central Terminal opened on February 2, 1913.