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The Destruction of Penn Station

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Opened to the public in 1910, McKim, Mead & White's Pennsylvania Station featured a dramatic vaulted glass ceiling over its expansive main concourse and was inspired in part by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, giving visitor and commuter alike an experience of grandeur in entering and leaving the city. The decision in 1962 to replace the old station and its subsequent dem ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 2nd 2001 by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
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Jessica
May 17, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ruers, mourners, and wistful decriers
There was an ineffable quality to the way light filtered, aquarium-like, through the lofty trelliswork of the concourse, something irreplaceable for which a generation of New Yorkers too young to have experienced can only yearn. Moore's photographs capture the transcendent quality of the light in the station; in one image from 10 August 1963 and another from 24 November 1963, we can almost touch the shafts of light streaming in through the windows. (Nash, p. 21)

The loss of Penn Station obviously
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Oct 11, 2010 Karl rated it it was amazing
Beautiful haunting photography documenting the razing and demolishing of Pennsylvania Station in NYC. This event is largely thought to have begun the heritage activist movement in New York and a moment in time when 'progress at any cost' was beginning to be questioned
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Great photo book about the awful waste of a great piece of architecture in NYC.
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Peter Moore has been writing fiction since he was eleven years old, and became an amateur lycanthropologist even earlier. Because he studied hard in high school and ate all his vegetables, he was able to attend Vassar College and Columbia University. Though he briefly considered a career in the FBI, America can rest easy: it didn’t work out. Instead, he has worked as a screenwriter, college profes ...more
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