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.
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