“One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat.”
— Vincent Scully

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.