Vintage Photograph Showing a Birds-Eye View of Original Penn Station Circa 1915

Bird's-eye view, Penn Station, New York City
Bird's-eye view, Penn Station, New York City

The original Pennsylvania Station was a historic railroad station, opened in 1910 and demolished a short 54 years later. Its grandeur matched or exceeded that of Grand Central Terminal, and was one of the architectural jewels of the City.

By the mid-60's however, rail traffic had declined massively due to the rise of both the airline and automotive industries, and the building was demolished so that an above-ground business complex and sports arena could be built instead.

This vintage photograph from 1915 shows the amazing building in all of its former glory, captured just a few years after the station opened to the public in 1910.

Visit the Library of Congress to download an even larger scan of this image.

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