Penn Station Rising
Clip: Season 26 Episode 5 | 2m 14s
Masonry work began on Pennsylvania Station in 1908, and the grandeur of architect Charles McKim’s design began to take shape. Penn Station took four years to build and used 27,000 tons of steel, 500,000 cubic feet of granite, 83,000 square feet of skylights and 17 million bricks. Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910.
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The Pennsylvania Railroad announced they would be tunneling into Manhattan.
Measurements showed that the Pennsylvania RR Hudson River tunnels were shifting.
Tunneling under the Hudson river proved easy, but the East River was becoming a nightmare.
In 1961 the Pennsylvania Railroad announced it had sold the air rights above Penn Station.
Two city blocks, or 28 acres, were initially cleared for Penn Station’s construction.
Excavation workers, called “sandhogs,” faced many dangers working in a confined space.
Compressed air was used to keep the water out of the Pennsylvania RR's Manhattan tunnels.
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The monumental building that was supposed to last forever was destroyed after 53 years.
The engineering feat and architectural achievement that was torn down after just 53 years.
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