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Materials made to last, first get tested. An arcane corner of Van Cortland Park on the Bronx reveals the R&D that went into Grand Central Terminal.

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The park features the city’s first public golf course, trails, a large lake and historic sites like the oldest house in the Bronx. But tucked away off the park’s Putnam trail is a series of monoliths with deep ties to New York City architecture and history.

It’s fairly common practice for architects and contractors to build test walls or test panels to confirm component compatibility. But the designers of Grand Central Station in the early 1900s weren’t as concerned with compatibility as they were with longevity. Their goal was to build an iconic spectacle, something that would be a showcase for the growing rail industry.

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