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Pennsylvania Station

33rd Street
New York City NY United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Finished1910
  Destroyed1964
Building Uses
 - station
Structural Types
 - lowrise
 - atrium
 - glass floor
 - statue
Architectural Style
 - beaux arts
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - stone
 - granite

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof150 ft
150 feet

Description
Along with Grand Central, this was one of NYC's two railroad terminals. Grand Central's tracks extended north up the Hudson, while Penn's crossed west into New Jersey. The building occupied two Manhattan blocks.

In 1964 the aboveground part of Penn Station was demolished for the construction of the Madison Square Garden sports arena. This prompted the beginning of historic preservation in New York and later elsewhere in the nation.

Today, the original tracks are still in use underground. Plans have been floated to convert the adjacent Farley Post Office building into a new grand entrance and concourse, though no work has happened yet.

- Was the largest railroad terminal building in the world.

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