Rebuild Penn Station, a project of the National Civic Art Society, is the brainchild of Richard W. Cameron, principal designer at Atelier & Co., and one of the original founders of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Rebuilding Penn Station will involve a three-stage development process that 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 the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, and two subway lines.
Step 3: Redevelop the area in and around Penn Station to create a world-class urban destination.
Chalk pastel drawing of a rebuilt Penn Station by Richard W. Cameron. (Atelier & Co.)
In the video above, Brian Lehrer interviews Richard W. Cameron regarding the viability of a rebuilt Penn Station.
A reinterpretation by Jason Grimes. (Atelier & Co.)
Charcoal on tracing paper by Richard W. Cameron. (Atelier & Co.)
Recent Precedents for Reconstruction
There is extensive precedent for rebuilding demolished historic buildings. Germany has meticulously rebuilt most of Dresden's historic downtown core featuring splendid Baroque buildings that were destroyed in World War II. Moscow rebuilt its 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 to use the new structure as a museum and tourist venue. If there is one American building that should join this list of rebuilt treasures, it is Penn Station.