A bird’s-eye view of Pennsylvania Station

Hard to believe the Pennsylvania Railroad got away with demolishing this 1910 McKim, Mead  and White beauty. (If they needed a big parcel of land, why didn’t they tear down the Port Authority Bus Terminal instead?)

But that’s what happened in 1963. Penn Station’s destruction subsequently ushered in an era of historic preservation.


View ore images of the old Penn Station—inside and outside— here.

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4 Responses to “A bird’s-eye view of Pennsylvania Station”

  1. joy Says:

    Argh. I always get mad when I read about the old Penn Station. It brings a new meaning to “Not on our watch.”

    I do love those NYC-Architecture photos, though.

  2. Francis Says:

    How come I’ve never seen any color photographs of the old Penn Station? I find it hard to believe no one has ever taken one. And yet, with all the books and websites I’ve searched, I’ve not spotted a single one. Anyone know where I could find one?

  3. Chris Says:

    There is a whole book of color photos. The bittersweet part, though, is that these are photos of the demolition.

  4. Chris Says:

    correction: The color photos are part of a larger book called “New York’s Pennsylvania Stations.”

    The whole book of demolition photos are in black and white.

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