Nation: Saving a Station

Grand Central wins in court

Amid the boxy steel-and-glass skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan stands a colonnaded French palace of classical elegance. Adorned by Jules Coutan's sculpture Transportation, assorted stone flourishes and a neo-Renaissance portico, the 65-year-old Grand Central Terminal remains one of the nation's finest Beaux-Arts showpieces, a source of inspiration for students of architecture, and a place of sentiment for many of the 500,000 people who pass through it daily. For more than a decade, preservationists have fought to keep the terminal, and last week they won in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The battle to save Grand Central began when New York...

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