nspired by Rome’s Baths of Caracalla and the Gare d’Orsay in Paris, New York’s Penn Station was widely known as one of the most beautiful stations in the world at its opening in 1910. After decades of looking for a way to connect passengers directly to Manhattan, the Pennsylvania Railway accomplished what few had imagined: building tunnels underneath the Hudson and East
Rivers. This book chronicles the story of Penn Station from the laying of the first tracks to its demise in the early 20th century when it was torn down. Through its destruction, the historic preservation movement was born. This book uses original interviews with experts, archival research, book & documentary research, and historic photos, bringing new life to one of America’s most beloved buildings.