Daily What?! Where Are the 22 Eagles of Original Penn Station?

Original Eagles-Penn Station-33rd St-34th St-31st St-Madison Square Garden-003An original Penn Station eagle at 7th Avenue and 31st Street

When the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963, much of the once glorious station was dumped into the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The 22 eagles of the station facade have remained an object of fascination, with at least 16 whole eagles still exist scattered around the country. Here, we showcase where those noble creatures have come to roost since the loss of the original Penn Station.

2 Eagles are still located at Penn Station

Original Eagles-Penn Station-33rd St-34th St-31st St-Madison Square Garden-0017th Avenue and 33rd Street

Though two eagles still exist at Penn Station, they’re located in a far less noble position compared to their original location, above the frieze of the neoclassical, McKim, Mead & White edifice. Two are now located at the entrance on 7th and 33rd Street, yet another is fenced in on 7th Avenue near 31st Street.

Join our next tour this Sunday on the Remnants of Penn Station, which will include a stop at these eagles and many more wonderful remains:

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

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9 Responses
  1. ward roberts Reply

    I was on the Penn Station tour in January of 2016 and the tour guide informed the group that the eagles were made of poured concrete. Quite frankly, I was taken aback by the statement and amazed that the PRR, the self proclaimed “Standard Rail Road of the World” and by 1925, the world’s largest and wealthiest corporation would have approved such a cost cutting measure. The station and its infrastructure were designed to last five hundred years. As a thirty four year LIRR employee, now retired, I spent much time in the station. In 1910, who could ever have imagined that this magnificent structure would be under the wreckers ball fifty three years hence?

  2. Terrence L. O'Briant Reply

    Very nice website and nice write up about the Penn Station Eagles. One correction – Hampden-Sydney College has a ‘p’ in it, which you have excluded. I can confirm that the eagle sits at one end of the football field, just outside of the running track that encircles the playing field.

    • michelle young Reply

      Thanks Terrence! We made the correction (and added a photo, taken just today of the Hicksville Long Island eagle).

  3. The plaque at the merchant marine academy also incorrectly states that the eagles were commissioned by Stanford White- White was killed in 1906, and it was Charles Mckim who led the Penn Station project for the firm.

  4. Aren’t there 2 of these eagles sitting in front of Amityville HS on Long Island? That’s what I was told as a child

  5. What a sad and unceremonious fate for these beautiful eagles…if they ever build a new Penn Station, I hope they reclaim all 22 and bring them home!

  6. Nice write up! I’m def gonna check out the ones on 7th and 33rd, I have never noticed them and I walk by there everytday

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