Happy 103rd Birthday, Penn Station NYC! (Vintage Photos)

Penn Station-Interior-Watercolor-McKim Meade White-NYCJules Crow, Pennsylvania Station Interior, 1906. Watercolor, Ink and Graphite on Paper. New-York Historical Society, PR042, McKim, Mead & White Collection

We were reminded by the New York Historical Society that today is the birthday of Penn Station (the original one by McKim, Mead & White, that is). The Historical Society has an image of this great watercolor from 1906 of the interior of the grand structure.

Here’s a photo from the Historical Society collection of the exterior:

Vintage Photo Penn Station-William J Rouge-NY Historical SocietyWilliam J. Roege, Pennsylvania Station on Seventh Avenue, New York City, 1923. New-York Historical Society, Photographs from New York City and Beyond

We’ve also compiled some other great vintage photos of Penn Station, including its sad demolition in October 1963:

McKim Mead White Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo

McKim Mead White Exterior Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo

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Save Penn Station McKim Mead White Pennsylvania Station-Demolition-NYC-Vintage Photo

McKim Mead White Interior Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo

NEW PENN STATION

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McKim Mead White Interior Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo-7

McKim Mead White Interior Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo-6

McKim Mead White Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo-5

Penn 2

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Join us for an upcoming tour of the Remnants of Penn Station:

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

Read about the plans for the new Penn Station, what happened to its eagles, and a guide to quirky finds in the current station.

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3 Responses
  1. Gawd, how I hate scuttling around like a rat in the maze that passes for the current station.

  2. I LOVE these vintage photos. It’s when people dressed up to travel. It makes me sad that people look so shabby now day. I guess that’s why I wrote my novel: The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress (http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com), I wanted to live in the word for a little while. Thanks for these gorgeous pix and the article.

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