1 Eagle is at Cooper Union

Cooper Union eagle. Photo courtesy of The Cooper Union The Cooper Union

Students and the dean at the Cooper Union petitioned the Pennsylvania Railroad for one of the eagles in 1965, after the demolition of Penn Station, because the sculptor of the eagles, Adoph Weiman, was a Cooper Union graduate. The eagle was located on Cooper Union’s New Jersey campus until 1973, when it was moved to the courtyard of another Cooper building on Third Avenue in the East Village. The school sold this building to plan for its new building at 41 Cooper Square, where the eagle was given a new home on the 8th floor green roof in 2009.

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9 thoughts on “Where Are the 22 Eagles of Original Penn Station?

  1. 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. 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.

    1. 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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