Pennsylvania Station
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Architect McKim, Mead, and White
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1910   timeline
Building Type railroad station
 Construction System plaster, steel and masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Neoclassical
Notes Demolished 1964. Bold engineering, grand architecture. Steel vaults, glass. Cut stone columns over steel.


Photo, exterior, looking along facade, historical

Photo, exterior, entry close-up, historical


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Discussion Pennsylvania Station Commentary

"...[Pennsylvania Station] was one of McKim's most monumental and moving designs, a giant of a building that still retained a human scale. In catching or meeting a train at Pennsylvania Station one became part of a pageant—actions and movements gained significance while processing through such grand spaces."

— Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead & White Architects. New York: Rizzoli, 1983. p211-212.

Sources on Pennsylvania Station

"The Demolition of Penn Station ", by Norman McGrath, ArchitectureWeek No. 155, 2003.0723, pB1.1.

Robert Adam. Classical Architecture. London: Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN 0-670-82613-8. NA260.A26 1990. elevation drawing, fig a, p63.

Benjamin Blom. A Monograph of the Works of McKim, Mead & White, 1879-1915. With an essay by Leland Roth. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1973.

Edward Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. interior photos, construction section/anonmetric details.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. concourse level plan, p115. perspective of concourse, p115. waiting room level plan, p115. — Available at

McKim, Mead, & White. The Architecture of McKim, Mead, & White in Photographs, Plans, and Elevations. New York: Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26556-0. LC 90-43684. NA737.M4A4. elevation drawing, plate 301. interior details, plate 310.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. plan, f221, p278. interior photos, f222-223, p279.   An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.comAn excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at

Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead and White, Architects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. NA737.M4W54. ISBN 0-8478-0491-7. LC 83-4534. floor plan, f273, p211. Monograph of the Works of McKim, Mead and White, 1915-1920.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Pennsylvania Station


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