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

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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