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Penn Station Demolition-Photo-Norman McGrathPhotograph by Norman McGrath

Designed and built by McKim, Mead & White in 1910, the original Penn Station was built in the Beaux Arts style, and it possessed a beauty and splendor that the newer Penn Station, admittedly, lacks. Despite the public outcry, the beloved structure was eventually demolished in October 1963. Today marks the 50th anniversary since the three-year demolition process began.

The producers of the play The Eternal Space, which is about the demolition of the beloved Station, have shared with Untapped Cities a few of the 500 photographs they’ve amassed of the station as it met the wrecking ball. The three first photographs in this article are by photographer Norman McGrath. There will be readings of scenes from The Eternal Space at the Center for Architecture on November 6th.

Penn Station Demolition-Photo-Norman McGrath-3Photograph by Norman McGrath

One of the eagles being saved from Penn Station. We previously traced the current whereabouts of the original 22 eagles on Untapped Cities:

Penn Station Demolition-Photo-Norman McGrath-2Photograph by Norman McGrath

Penn-Station-Protest_New-York-City_Untapped Cities Protesting the demolition of the old Penn Station

Penn-Station-Eagle_New-York-City_Untapped CitiesSaving the eagles from the old Penn Station

Penn-Station-Debris_New-York-City_Untapped CitiesRemoving the debris

Penn-Station-Statue_New-York-City_Untapped CitiesStatues coming down

Color_Penn-Station-Demolition_New-York-City-Untapped CitiesColor photo of demolition. Image via wirednewyork.com.

Read about the plans for the new Penn Station, Puns in Penn Station, a play about the demolition of Penn Station, our guide on the remnants of Penn Station,what happened to its eagles, and a guide to quirky finds in the current station.

1 Comment

  1. Jay Eichler says:

    I’m not old enough to have seen the original Pennsylvania Station myself, but I will agree with the New York Times’ editorial which described the demolition as a “Monumental Act of Vandalism.” It’s a total shame that a station built to last 1,000 years only lasted for 53. And to have replaced it with a total abomination makes it all the more sad.

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