By Dan Minkus
Pennsylvania Station - New York City
| The old Pennsylvania Station in New York City was torn down in 1963, an act that
led to increased awareness of New York's architectural treasures and the
passage of historical preservation laws. It may be said that the loss of Penn
Station led to the saving of Grand Central.
The $484 million Penn Station Redevelopment Project will transform the James
A. Farley Post Office, itself a landmark, into the new Penn Station. The
new station will have an architecture that will hark back to the original
station and reflect New York much more than the existing Penn Station. The
Post Office will continue to serve as a post office after it's
transformation. New York Gov. George E. Pataki (R) suggested that
eventually, the station will be renamed for retiring Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan
(D-N.Y.), who has championed the project since 1993.
The post office, a sturdy neoclassical landmark rimmed by 20 Corinthian
columns, was built in 1914 as a sister building to the original Penn
Station, a similar gem that was demolished in 1963 to make room for Madison
Square Garden. The airy redesign is intended to evoke the old station but
with modern twists, including elegantly curved trusses, huge skylights and
about 50,000 square feet of retail space. The most prominent feature will
be a glass-and-steel frame rising 75 feet above the roof line, crowning an
enormous atrium below. Overall, the project will occupy about one-third of
the eight-acre post office, increasing Penn Station's passenger capacity by
The ground-breaking for the new Penn Station is expected early next year,
with construction continuing through 2003.
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