August 6, 2015

Urban architectural archaeology?

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:08 pm

Sort of: See NYC’s Only Remaining Trace of the Original Penn Station

On West 31st Street, wedged in between a Park ‘n’ Lock and DVD store, stands the only remaining trace of the glorious original Penn Station. Scouting NY’s Nick Carr has turned his camera on the “granite behemoth” at 242 West 31st Street to discover that the building with curiously blacked-out windows and an industrial door is the original Penn Station’s service building. Designed by Charles McKim of McKim, Mead, & White, with William Symmes Richardson, the granite-faced building is where “all of the critical powering services to the original Penn Station” were produced, including electricity, heat, light, elevator hydraulics, compressed air, and refrigeration, the Municipal Art Society says.

You can find a lot of this stuff in most cities. I saw something about the old Penn Station sometime in the last few weeks but can’t remember what it was.

1 Comment

  1. It was over at the site that is the best place to steal links from and the story was about the tragedy of destroying Penn station to replace it with a shopping center or apartments or something.

    Comment by wodun — August 9, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

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