Vintage Postcard From 1909 Shows Old Penn Station In All Its Grandeur

Main Waiting Room, Penn Station, 1907
Main Waiting Room, Penn Station, 1907
Photo: r/nyc

The original Pennsylvania Station was a historic railroad station, opened in 1910 and demolished a short 54 years later. It's 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.

What a tragedy. At least we can still enjoy vintage photographs and postcards like this one from MFA Boston showing the main waiting room in 1909, shortly before opening to the public.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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