What is currently called Penn Station in New York City is a congested, unattractive labyrinthian structure that leaves commuters fighting to survive their experience of travel. Though the New York State and City governments are aware of the need for addressing the condition of this incredible economic and cultural landmark, the new building recently proposed lacks the quintessential human element, beauty as well as architectural coherence and that directness and clarity which public buildings demand.
With hundreds of original drawings still intact at the New York Historical Society, rebuilding Penn Station to it's original grandeur would be both economically and technically feasible, as we would be recovering an already proven design to its public and human qualities.
The goals of Rebuild Penn Station are broken down into three steps:
Reconstitute the Grand Public Spaces
Create a modern, high-tech hub connecting two subway lines and two major commuter rail systems
Redevelop the area in and around Penn Station to create a world class urban destination
For more information on the Rebuild Penn Station proposal, please contact us.
You can also visit our partner ReThinkStudio for more information on the immense importance of transportation - particularly through Penn Station - to New York City and its continued success as an urban hub.
See below for press, resources, and how you can support the efforts of #rebuildpennstation
Issue No. 1 of The Classicist (1994), illustrated by Richard Cameron depicting the original Penn Station and in ruins.
press & resources
PRELIMINARY RESEARCH & BACKGROUND
A selection of articles
Support the proposal
There are a number of ways you can support rebuilding one of America's most magnificent civic achievements. Those in power or positions of influence need to know that you support rebuilding Penn Station in its original form. All are invited to share their support by using #rebuildpennstation, follow us on Facebook, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.