New York's Pennsylvania Stations

New York's Pennsylvania Stations

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by Hilary Ballon, Norman McGrath
     
 
A journey through the extraordinary history of New York's Pennsylvania Station.
This is a guided tour through the past, present, and future of great civic architecture in New York City. It tells the story of Pennsylvania Station: the original building, its tragic demolition in the 1960s, and the new station designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and now under

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A journey through the extraordinary history of New York's Pennsylvania Station.
This is a guided tour through the past, present, and future of great civic architecture in New York City. It tells the story of Pennsylvania Station: the original building, its tragic demolition in the 1960s, and the new station designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and now under construction. In stunning photographs by Norman McGrath the hidden structure of Penn Station is revealed along with the burial of the station beneath Madison Square Garden. Richly illustrated essays by Hilary Ballon and Marilyn Taylor, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill celebrated new chair, on the old and new stations illuminate their connections and indicate how public architecture and transportation planning can enhance the way millions of people experience New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Examiner.com
“[R]emarkable, informative….a valuable preservation of history and perspective that most commuters, rushing from one level or train to another, never think about.”
Design Issues
“[A] treat for Penn Station aficionados and those interested in the preservation of historic landmarks, architecture, urban planning and transportation.”
Three articles separately explore the construction of Penn Station, it's destruction amidst the simultaneous rise of Madison Square Garden, and its planned resurrection in the James A. Farley Post Office Building. A wealth of photographs and architectural illustrations accompany the text. The essay on its construction focuses on the reactions of architectural critics and the general public, the uses of the station over the years, and its connections to other historical landmarks such as the Farley Post Office Building and the Hotel Pennsylvania. The treatment of the destruction is primarily a photographic paean to the loss of a historical landmark. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393730784
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Ballon is an architectural historian and professor at Columbia University. She is the curator of “Robert Moses and the Modern City,” the 2007 exhibition concurrently at the Queens Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University. She is the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her previous books include New York’s Pennsylvania Stations; The Paris of Henri IV: Architecture and Urbanism, which won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award for the Most Distinguished Scholarship in the History of Architecture; and Louis Le Vau: Mazarin’s Collège, Colbert’s Revenge, which received a medal from the Académie Française.

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