Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Beauty And The Beast

I am not old enough to have visited the original Penn Station in New York City, which was demolished in 1963. This architectural crime led to the formation of the Landmarks Commission, which prevented Grand Central Station from suffering a similar fate.

The current Madison Square Garden was built on the site, with a new Penn Station below it, existing as an underground pit. Improvements have been made over the years, but they can be described as a proverbial lipstick on a pig situation.

An attempt is being made to redress this monumental error by creating Moynihan Station, which will be located across the street from Penn Station.
The new station will use as its exterior the James A. Farley Post Office Building built in 1910, the same time as the original Penn Station, by the same architects, as a mirror building in the same neoclassical style, but with all new facilities inside, also inspired by the original station.
Edward B. Driscoll, Jr. has more about the history and future of Penn/Moynihan Station.