Pennsylvania Station

New York City‘s current Penn Station is a transportation hub embedded within the street- and underground levels of Madison Square Garden spanning 33rd to 31st Streets and 7th to 8th Avenues in New York City. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it is now used by a number of passenger rail services including Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, MTA New York City Transit and New Jersey Transit.


The original building, the Pennsylvania Station of legend, was a pink-granite complex, an integrated exercise in a gigantic and sober colonaded Doric order that combined glass-and-steel train sheds and concourse with a breath-taking monumental entrance to New York City, immortalized in films. Twin carriageways, modeled after Berlin‘s Brandenburg Gate, led to the two railroads that the building served, the Pennsylvania and the Long Island Rail Road. The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, approximated the scale of St. Peter‘s nave in Rome, a steel framework clad in travertine. Built in 1905 - 1910, Pennsylvania Station was the outstanding masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White.

Location: 32nd St., (Seventh and Eighth Ave.), New York