Credit: Jeff Stikeman for Rebuild Penn Station
The National Civic Art Society is spearheading an effort in New York City to rebuild the original Pennsylvania Station designed by McKim, Mead & White. Completed in 1910 and demolished in 1963, the station was one of the greatest buildings in American history.
The depot's vast, travertine-clad main hall was cherished for the breathtaking scale of its Corinthian columns, semicircular Roman windows, and vaulted coffered ceiling. The hall’s majesty made for a striking contrast with the modern train concourse, whose glass vaults were intricately framed by steel arches. The original Penn Station was both a triumphant gateway into the city, and a shared democratic space.
The station’s demolition is widely regarded as the greatest single catastrophe in American architectural history. That wrong is all the worse given the current station, which is a cramped, dismal, and dehumanizing warren.
We aim to right that wrong by restoring the station to its former glory.
For more information on the project, see the dedicated website rebuildpennstation.org.
"Penn Station's Glory Days Inspire Plan for Its Future." Wall Street Journal. 24 Nov. 2017.
"The Answer to Penn Station Problems Is to Rebuild the Original, Architects Say." NJ.com. 20 Jun. 2017.
"A Dramatic Plan To Rebuild Penn Station & Restore Its Lost Grandeur." Gothamist. 26 May 2017.
"The Grand Gateway in Waiting: Envisioning the New-Old Penn Station." Epoch Times. 12 Feb. 2017.
"New York’s Penn Station Needs a Resurrection, Not a Redecoration." Wall Street Journal. 12 Aug. 2016.
"Powerful New Backing for 'Rebuild Penn Station'." Traditional Building. 13 Jun. 2016.
"It's Time to Rebuild New York's Original Penn Station." Forbes. 27 Jan. 2016.