It is hard to believe that Grand Central almost went the way of Penn Station in the mid sixties. It was saved by a citizen uproar; Jackie Kennedy Onassis wrote:
Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe… this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won't all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.
It was saved, and in the 90s it was gloriously restored. Now, the Municipal Art Society of New York has invited three architectural firms to look at fixing it for the next hundred years. First up: Foster + Partners.