Thursday, June 9, 2011

NYC Vintage Image Of The Day: The Original Majestic Penn Station

New York's original Penn Station, completed in 1910, was among the jewels of NYC architecture. The grand Beaux-Arts building was constructed of pink granite and, at more than 7 acres, was the largest indoor space in the city and one of the largest in the world.

Unfortunately, in the 1950s, as auto and air travel increased, owner The Pennsylvania Railroad decided to cut costs and optioned the air rights to Penn Station. The result: In 1963, the stunning historical building was demolished, and today's heinous Madison Square Garden and a generic office tower constructed.

Within a few years, the same destiny was about to befall the majestic, equally cherished Grand Central Terminal, but thankfully, the lesson was painfully learned and that structure was ultimately saved.

Today's Penn Station is actually in the original location, only totally below ground and obviously much squattier, if not an outright rathole.Below, the tragic end of Penn Station... an absolute crime.Penn Station, then and now.