Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Douglas Putnam Haskell papers, 1866-1979-(bulk 1949-1964).

Series XI: Grand Central Terminal

This series contains material regarding Douglas Haskell's personal and professional interest in preserving Grand Central Terminal. There is evidence of his interest in the history of the terminal, as well as his involvement in various professional activities regarding the Terminal. The bulk dates for the material are the 1960s-1970s.

The folders in this series are arranged in alphabetical order by subject or name of a person, and thereunder in no particular order. No dates are given unless they are part of a folder's original title, or in the text of the summary statement.

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Box 96 Folder 1 Grand Central Station

This folder contains photocopies of chapters from an unidentified source, pp. [12]-91, re the history of Grand Central Terminal. The folder also contains 11 B&W photographic prints of Grand Central Terminal, including elevations, interior shots, a shot of the Terminal circa 1900; aerial views; and others. Other related material also in folder. **3 Photostats of DH, "The Lost New York: of the Pan American Airways Building," FORUM, November, 1963, pp. 107-111.



Box 96 Folder 2 Grand Central Station

This folder contains 57 B&W photographs of various views of Grand Central Terminal. Correspondents include Harper's; The Committee to Save Grand Central Station; Horizon; Richard Pommer, Department of Art, Vassar College; and others. **1 copy of engraving, "Grand Central R.R. Depot, 42nd Street and 4th Avenue, N.Y." circa 1885.



Box 96 Folder 3 Architectural Review

This folder mainly contains drafts of a typescript titled "The Concentrated Meaning of Grand Central Station in New York," by DH.



Box 96 Folder 4 Architectural Review on Grand Central Station

This folder mainly contains correspondence related to a story Architectural Review did on Grand Central Terminal. Most of the material dates from 1974-75.



Box 96 Folder 5 Background research

This folder mainly contains material relating to the Landmarks Preservation Commission's public hearings regarding the preservation of Grand Central Terminal.



Box 96 Folder 6 Bowling alleys controversy, 1960-1961

This folder contains a "Statement of N.Y Chapter, American Institute of Architects on the Proposed Grand Central Terminal Bowling Alley Variance at the Public Hearing before the Board of Standards & Appeals on January 10, 1961"; a transcript of "Board of Standards and Appeals, Calendar No. 814-60-BZ", re permitting bowling alleys above the Terminal's waiting room space; and other related material.



Box 97 Folder 1 Breuer

This folder mainly contains material relating to DH's stand against architect Marcel Breuer's plans for an office tower above Grand Central Terminal. The folder includes the "Statement of Douglas Haskell, F.A.I.A." to the "Landmarks Preservation Hearing on the Grand Central Terminal, April 10, 1969."



Box 97 Folder 2 Alan Burnham

This folder contains Alan Burnham's copy of a draft titled "The Future of Historic Preservation: an element of the 1976-77 report of New York City on the Section 701 Comprehensive Planning Assistance Program." Landmarks Preservation Commission. August 22, 1977.



Box 97 Folder 3 Campaign

This folder mainly contains correspondence regarding the campaign for the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, and the opposition to the bowling alleys.



Box 97 Folder 4 Direct research

This folder contains drafts of testimony on behalf of Grand Central Terminal, and an article by DH titled "The Concentrated Meaning of Grand Central Station in New York."



Box 97 Folder 5 Grand Central City

This folder contains 19 B&W photographs of Grand Central Terminal. The folder also contains a typescript titled "Grand Central Terminal: notes concerning proposed changes," a manuscript note on top states: "Is this by Gruen? I think so. Perhaps late 1960."



Box 97 Folder 6 Proposal to tear down terminal 1954-1955

This folder contains memos and clippings regarding various proposals to tear down Grand Central Terminal for an office tower. Included in the folder is a New York Times article that mentions Architectural Forum.



Box 97 Folder 7 Renderings from Pratt

This folder contains information regarding "projects by Pratt Institute architectural students for a solution that would give the N.Y. Central system revenue out of the Grand Central Terminal without spoiling the 42nd Street Waiting Room and without spoiling the Great Concourse." (Renderings seem to be lacking from folder.)



Box 97 Folder 8 Story in FORUM 11/1954, 2/1955

This folder contains material regarding FORUM's stories on Grand Central Station, including the 1954 article containing an "open letter" signed by over 200 architects in opposition to the plans.



Box 97 Folder 9 Grand Central Station

This folder contains 4 copies of an article by DH titled "Futurism with its Covers On," re Grand Central Terminal; a Landmark Preservation pamphlet re Grand Central Station; and 2 copies of a report titled "Grand Central Terminal and Rockefeller Center: a historical estimate of their significance," by James Marston Fitch and Diana S. Waite, New York State Parks & Recreation, Division for Historic Preservation: 1974; and other miscellaneous material.