Last year, in an article about its lesser cousin, Penn Station, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote of Grand Central Terminal: "To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift." It's a sentiment that's been echoed throughout the iconic train station's existence. In 1975, as its owners at the Penn Central Railroad were going through bankruptcy, Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in the Times that Grand Central is "one of the most stunning achievements in the history of urban design." It's a building that is as functional as it is magical. As the station celebrates its centennial today, a look back reveals that Grand Central has always been as enchanting as you wanted it to be.

A Print Published in 1913

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Exterior, 1936

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The Main Concourse on December 14, 1941

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A Sleep Nook for Servicemen in 1944

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Jake LaMotta Arrives at the Terminal in 1949

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The Exterior in the 1950s

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A Movie-Star Monkey in the Terminal's Waiting Room in 1951

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Light in 1954

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A Redstone Missile in 1957

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Stranded Commuters During a 1965 Blackout

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Models Sell Modale and Reagan Cigars in the Terminal in 1984

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An ACT UP Protest in 1991

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The "Silent March" Art Installation to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness in 1995

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A Worker Cleans the Ceiling's Pegasus in 1996

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The Terminal Is Rededicated After Renovation in 1998

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The "Faces of Ground Zero" Exhibit in 2002

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A Human Art Installation in 2003

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The Apple Store Debuts in 2011

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Today, on Its Birthday 

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