Pennsylvania Station, Prior to Opening, 1910

Pennsylvania Station, Prior to Opening, 1910
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In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad Station, or Penn Station, opened to the public. The building, which was torn down in 1963 prompting the creation of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, had been designed by the famed architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White in the Beaux-Arts style. The interior concourse, which you see in this black and white photograph taken just prior to the station's completion in 1910, was inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla. At just over 7 acres, Penn Station was the largest indoor space in New York City and among the largest in the world.

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