Continuing on my group’s project on Grand Central Terminal, I finished my research and started weaving everything together in a short paper. I learned about two conceptual influences on the terminal’s architecture: the Beaux-Arts style and the City Beautiful movement. Beaux-Arts is basically a fusion of classical Greek and Roman architecture with more modern forms of architecture that include steel and iron production. The City Beautiful movement sought to beautify urban areas on a grand scale by building parks, public buildings, boulevards, and so forth. I also learned that the teal colored celestial ceiling over the Grand Concourse where the clock (information booth) is located was at one point very dirty and black with grime, so it had to be painted over. But, if you look closely, there is still a small black speck on the ceiling which serves to remind us of how dirty the ceiling once was and the hard work it took to re-paint the ceiling. Also, Charles Reed, one of the architects of Grand Central Terminal, pointed out that congestion would result if staircases were the only means used to connect different floors. Therefore, today, wide ramps, stairways are escalators as used to avoid that problem. And if that was not enough, after Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station were built they were named among the most beautiful buildings in the world.