Pennsylvania Station, New York City, 1938
Suggested Teaching Instructions
When it was completed, Penn Station was considered one of the architectural achievements of New York City. The original structure was constructed of pink granite and included numerous colonnades, glass and steel train sheds, and a huge entrance to the city. The waiting room was the largest indoor space in New York City, and its design was inspired by the Roman baths. With the passage of time, the maintenance of the upper level was not cost-efficient. Along with the fact that the Pennsylvania Railroad was losing money, the above-ground station was demolished in 1960. Madison Square Garden was built in its place.