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Longing for the Old Penn Station

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Separate from plans to expand ratty Penn Station into the august James A. Farley Post Office (across Eighth Avenue) is a bolder dream: to rebuild the station as Charles Follen McKim designed it in the years leading up to its completion in 1910. If we can reimagine the beautiful old station, can’t we just rebuild it to the way it was?

This is what we’re talking about:

old Penn Station

Penn Station concourse before the building’s demolition in 1963

Our architecture critic, David Brussat, has embroiled himself in the aesthetic rumble over this radical proposal by Brooklyn architect Richard Cameron.

Read all about it in David’s blog, Architecture Here and There.