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 Penn Station 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.
1&2. Penn Station
Though two eagles remained at Penn Station until a few years ago when they were removed. They were located in a far less noble position compared to their original location, above the frieze of the neoclassical, McKim, Mead & White edifice. They recently stood at 7th and 33rd Street and 7th Avenue near 31st Street. In 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 are said to make a return to Penn Station once the redevelopment is complete.
Remnants of Penn Station