The Campbell Arrives at Grand Central TerminalWill Speros • May 18, 2017
The Campbell, a revival of Grand Central Terminal’s former Campbell Apartment, has opened following a refresh from the Gerber Group as well as New York-based design firm Ingrao. Nestled into the southwest corner of the iconic train terminal, the space previously served as the daytime office for John Campbell, a member of the New York Central Railroad board of directors as well as a reception hall after sunset.
“As soon as you enter the Campbell, the sense of history is palpable,” says Ingrao designer Randy Kemper. “We focused on restoring the space’s original features, while utilizing traditional materials and design features whenever possible. The end result is a breathtaking revitalization that brings the historic venue seamlessly into the 21st century while paying homage to its storied past.”
Florentine-inspired details from the 13th century, such as original millwork, 25-foot-tall, handpainted ceilings, a grand stone fireplace, century-old leaded glass window, and Campbell’s own personal steel safe. Honoring the space’s legacy as a salon, the Campbell has been partitioned into three principal areas: the Campbell Bar, the Campbell Palm Court, and the Campbell Terrace. The Campbell Bar features a green quartzite-topped bar, custom brass sconces, and mohair and leather furnishings, while a mezzanine overlooks the action below. Punctuated with palm trees, the indoor Campbell Palm Court is outfitted with rattan bar stools and high-top café tables, and features framed views of the main terminal. The sweeping outdoor Campbell Terrace boasts a full bar and cover from the elements.