Rebuild the Grand Spaces.
Create a modern high-tech transit hub that connects two subway lines, two commuter railroads, and Amtrak.
Redevelop the area in and around Penn Station to create a world-class urban destination.
A reinterpretation by Jason Grimes. (Atelier & Co.)
Charcoal on tracing paper by Richard W. Cameron. (Atelier & Co.)
Chalk pastel drawing of a rebuilt Penn Station by Richard W. Cameron. (Atelier & Co.)
In the following video, Brian Lehrer interviews Richard W. Cameron regarding the viability of a rebuilt Penn Station.
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.
Pictured above is the Palace of the Republic that was built by East Germany upon the ruins of the Berlin Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss), which was damaged in World War II. The Palace of the Republic was demolished in 2006 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.
Rendering of the reconstructed Berlin Palace, to 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 from Stalin, and replaced with the Moskva pool pictured above. The cathedral was rebuilt in its original location and reconsecrated in 2000.
Reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, 2000.
The Dresden Frauenkirche was a cathedral destroyed in World War II. After German reunification, it was meticulously rebuilt using as much of the rubble as possible. Since its completion in 2005, it has become one Dresden's most popular tourist destinations with millions of visitors.
Reconstructed Dresden Frauenkirche, 2005.