Monday, March 14

Penn Station, New York - Louis Stettner

"When New York’s original Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963 to much protest, a part of the city was lost forever. The McKim, Mead & White–designed Beaux Arts train station would be known in the years to come as much for its destruction as for its beauty. Built in 1910, the massive station stood below a vaulted glass roof, and the waiting room, modeled after the ancient Roman baths at Caracalla, would fill with dappled light as passengers came and went. The old Penn Station was, by nearly all counts, more enchanting than today’s incarnation, which lies underground, below Madison Square Garden. Louis Stettner, born in Brooklyn in 1922, first had the opportunity to photograph the old Penn Station in 1957. ..."
Architectural Digest: Take a Trip Back to the Days of New York’s Original Penn Station
NY Times: Louis Stettner and the Glories of Penn Station
CityLab: Photographing the People in New York's Old Penn Station