Photo of the day: The once-elegant Penn Station

Check out a photo of the beautiful structure—torn down on this day in 1963—that once housed the midtown transit hub

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Penn Station in 1920

Penn Station in 1920 Photograph courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Imagine a time when traveling via Penn Station was a civilized and elegant event, not the detestable, stinky-hellhole trip it is today. Such an era actually existed, and we've got the photo to prove it. Because today is the 50-year anniversary of the original Penn Station's regrettable destruction, the Atlantic Cities pulled up some eye-popping pictures of the original building, a lovely Beaux Arts structure opened in 1910.


The photo above, courtesy of the Library of Congress, was taken in 1920. Check out more images of the once-opulent transit hub—which may be getting another overhaul soon—via the Atlantic Cities.



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