When our group took a trip to Grand Central yesterday, I suddenly noticed architectural and structural details I had previously overlooked. For instance, on almost every lighting fixture, ventilation grate, and even water fountain there are embellishments of ornate acorns and oak leaves. As I learned through my research,the acorn is a symbol of self-made affluence (an acorn grows into an oak tree) and since Vanderbilt didn’t come from money, he used it as a family crest. I hadn’t noticed the multiple passageways leading from Grand Central until yesterday either, including the walkway that today reaches the Hyatt hotel. In the Biltmore Room, there is an authentic chalkboard, protected by glass, with original trains, times, and track numbers written on it. Some of these discontinued trains leaving from tracks 39 to 42 include the Knickerbocker line to St. Louis and the Yankee Clipper line to Boston. When walking through the Grand Concourse, I suddenly appreciated its design and thought about how different it could have looked. The original design for an 1898 renovation by Bradford L. Gilbert included a huge arched ceiling made entirely out of glass. The 50-foot-tall windows on the West side of the concourse have a similar feel because they let in so much light. This trip and the ones we’ll take in the near future are essential to fully appreciating the terminal’s rich history.