The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

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The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

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Trace the brief life of New York’s Penn Station, whose destruction spurred landmarks preservation.


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One of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. Designed by renowned architect Charles McKim, the station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. But 53 years later, the monumental building was destroyed.

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