Value of Architecture

The original Pennsylvania Station was razed in 1963. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, negative number 59044)

A passionate NYTimes article addressing the calamity that is Penn Station:

“To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.

What is the value of architecture? It can be measured, culturally, humanely and historically, in the gulf between these two places.”

Restore a Gateway to Dignity, by Michael Kimmelman

(via @kbAndersen)

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. If Kimmelman considers Penn Station a “humiliation” I’d love to hear what he thinks of Port Authority.

  2. I loved this article because I love that USPS building I visit almost daily. As long as they keep the quote I’m on board for the change, maybe will bring a teensy bit of style back to the rail.

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