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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Růžička. Entrance to Pennsylvania Station N.Y., ca. 1930. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (08.00.00)

DRAHOMÍR JOSEF RŮŽIČKA. Pennsylvania Station. New York, New York, ca. 1930

In 1902 the architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White, known for buildings that defined America’s Gilded Age, were commissioned by the Pennsylvania Railroad to design a train terminal in Manhattan. Completed in 1910, the gigantic steel and stone building covered four city blocks. Pennsylvania Station was both an engineering feat and a voluminous architectural structure of luminous light that was torn down in 1963.