Penn Station: From Beaux-Arts to Bulldozed

McGrath Print C

SohoPhoto Gallery
15 White Street, New York, NY 10013

Join the Historic Districts Council to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Law at Soho Photo Gallery on September 17th at 6:30pm. View exclusive photos of Penn Station’s demolition and a dramatic reading of The Eternal Space, a new play about the building’s tragic bulldozing. Photos of destruction and other related subjects documented by Norman McGrath, Aaron Rose, and Mike Scully serve as a stunning backdrop to the Off-Broadway production’s dialogue and will be displayed for one night only.

As wrecking crews began pulling apart Penn Station in October 1963, photographers and activists swarmed the scene in an effort to stop the slated takedown. The preservation movement was born, and the Landmarks Law was passed two years later despite failure to save this 1910 Beaux-Arts architectural marvel. Set against the photographic catalogue of Penn Station’s razing, The Eternal Space charts an unlikely friendship across the social and cultural upheavals of the mid-1960s.

A brief panel discussion including the photographers and play’s creative team will be held after the exhibition and reading. Refreshments will be served.


Friends of HDC $40

General Admission $50

Two Ticket Discount $75 for 2 tickets


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