February 4, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Grand Central Terminal celebrated its 100th birthday Friday with an appearance by Caroline Kennedy, whose mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded efforts to save the landmark from demolition in the 1970s.
Friday's party took place exactly 100 years after the keys to Grand Central were first given to the stationmaster on Feb. 1, 1913.
The cathedral-like terminal with its vaulted ceiling is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and one of New York City's most recognizable buildings.
But Grand Central was in danger of being demolished until Onassis and other preservationists spurred New York City to designate it a landmark. The fight to save Grand Central went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 1978 that cities have the right to protect historic buildings, even if that limits the owner's ability to develop or sell the property.