An 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 18 whole eagles that still exist scattered around the country. All of the eagles were designed by German-born sculptor Adolph Weinman, who was hired by McKim, Mead & White to do the sculptural decoration on Pennsylvania Station
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
7th 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. [Update: As of September 2019, the eagles were removed by the real estate company Vornado. A spokesperson for Vornado let us know that the company hired a specialist to securely crate the eagles, which are being stored on site during the redevelopment. They will return back to Penn Station once redevelopment is done.]
Remnants of Penn Station