Monday, April 2, 2012
Pennsylvania Station designed by McKim, Mead & White c. 1910 from West 31st to West 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City. From the station's opening until 1963 the building ushered people in and out of New York City in impressive style. In 1961 plans were announced for a new Madison Square Garden on the site with a new underground station at no cost to the Pennsylvania Railroad. Demolition began in October 1963. Arguably the worst demolition decision New York City has ever made, the destruction of Pennsylvania Station solidified the historic preservation movement in the city. Click HERE and HERE for Christopher Gray's Streetscapes articles and HERE to see the pile that replaced Pennsylvania Station.