The plan to Rebuild Penn Station is spearheaded by Richard W. Cameron, principal designer at Atelier & Co., Brooklyn, NY, and one of the original founders of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Rebuilding Penn Station will involve a three stage development process which carefully takes into account the economic and technical feasibility of the restored Penn Station.
Step 1: Rebuild the Grand Spaces
Step 2. Create a modern high-tech transit hub that connects two subway lines, two commuter railroads, and Amtrak
Step 3: Redevelop the area in and around Penn Station to create a world-class urban destination
Rebuild Penn Station is a project of the National Civic Art Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
A chalk pastel conceptual drawing of a rebuilt Penn Station by Richard Cameron. (Atelier & Company)
At 40:50 Richard W. Cameron is interviewed about the viability of a rebuilt Penn Station.
A reinterpretation by Jason Grimes. (Atelier & Company)
Charcoal on tracing paper by Richard Cameron. (Atelier & Company)
There is precedent for rebuilding lost buildings. Germany has meticulously rebuilt most of Dresden's historic downtown core featuring splendid Baroque buildings that were destroyed in WWII. Moscow rebuilt their magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which was destroyed during Stalin's anti-religious campaign. Most recently Berlin has decided to rebuild the Berlin Palace known locally as the Berliner Stadtschloss and use the new structure as a museum and tourist venue. South Korea continues the painstaking process of reconstructing their massive Gyeongbokgung Palace, originally built in 1395, which was purposely destroyed by the Imperial Japanese forces during the colonial period. If there is one American building that should join this list of rebuilt treasures it's Penn Station.
Pictured above is the Palace of the Republic which was built upon the ruins of the Berlin Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss) destroyed in WWII. It was demolished to make way for a rebuilt Berlin Palace which will be used house a modern museum containing collections of African and other non-European art, as well as two restaurants, a movie theater and an auditorium.
New Berlin Palace rendering. The palace will be completed in 2019.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow
The magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow took 40 arduous years until completion in 1883. The church was systematically destroyed in 1931 under orders Stalin's minister Lazar Kaganovich and replaced with the Moskva pool pictured above. The cathedral was rebuilt in its original location and reconsecrated in the year 2000.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour today.
The Dresden Frauenkirche was a cathedral destroyed in WWII after German reunification it was meticulously rebuilt using as many of the existing materials as possible. After its completion in 2005 it has become one Dresden's most popular tourist destinations with millions continuing to visit it.
Dresden Frauenkirche today.
Will Penn Station join this list?