I attended a panel last night hosted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation called "Preservation Before Penn Station." Although its focus was on attempts at preservation in Lower Manhattan before the 1965 Landmark's legislation, Penn Station's demolition was still a heavy presence in the room. The panel's moderator Jon Ritter, promised at the opening that he would only show one picture of Penn Station and keep the topic germane to late 19th and early 20th century preservation campaigns. When someone asked about the failure of Penn Station's grassroots campaign to save the structure, panelist, Anthony Wood, quickly said that we lost Penn Station to get the Landmark's legislation.
The picture above is another look at the Adolph Weinman sculptures that adorned the facade of the station. This is half of a clock with Night depicted as a shrouded woman (notice the eagle behind her from yesterday's post). The other half is Day, also a woman, but uncovered with flowers at her feet. The clocks were removed and the sculpted frames where cut in half and placed into trucks. The sculptures were initially dumped in the Meadowlands then eventually rescued by private collectors and preservationists. There is a Night on display at the Brooklyn Museum.