Extinct Edifices: Penn Station

In 1624, New Amsterdam was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, a colony of the Dutch Republic. Since then, it’s evolved into the most densely populated city in the United States, and arguably the most important. Over these almost 400 years, it’s seen more than its share of remarkable buildings.

In many ways, New York City is at an architectural peak right now—buildings are taller, skinnier, and expensive-r than ever. In other ways, NYC has lost some of its most exceptional structures. This series will document the most impressive of these treasures.

Penn Station (1910 – 1963):



You probably saw this coming. No, we’re not talking about the new, “updated,” Penn Station which is a blight upon Seventh Avenue—frankly, we’re not even comfortable with it using that name. This not-despicable-and-instead-fucking-amazing terminal that we don’t have was demolished in 1963. It was only a few blessed years earlier that it had been designed by Charles McKim. Inspired heavily by classical architecture, and said to make those who walked through it feel like gods, you can see why it’s demolition was heavily opposed as an attack on NYC’s architectural heritage.

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