Bringing the Old Penn Station Back to Life
October 1963. New York City. The Old Pennsylvania Station is slated for demolition. The wrecking crews are outside in the morning drizzle dismantling a fifty-three year old marvel of American Beaux-arts architecture. Inside a construction worker, photographer is running away from his past while an aging English teacher can't let his go. Now two strangers begin a three-year debate over the value of old and new as one man fights to keep the station standing while the other is taking it down.
Written by Justin Rivers, The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station’s demise. Our production has been very fortunate in uncovering a huge catalogue of demolition photos drawn from the talents of five photographers. Their stills taken from 1963-1967 will be responsible for creating the passage of time and serving as the setting for each of the scenes. Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece.
Marking the 50th Anniversary of Penn Station's Demolition
October 28, 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Penn Station's demolition. The debates of preservation and loss stirred up 50 years ago are still timely today. In July and August of 2012, The New York Times ran two features on the 1962 protests that later sparked the Landmarks Preservation movement. Fifty years earlier the Times reported:
A building that sometimes made a ceremony out of a journey… reached the end of the line, architecturally at 9 A.M. Electric jackhammers tore at the granite slabs of the side of the terminal…crushing the hopes of a band of architects who had rallied to save what the Municipal Art Society called ‘one of the great monuments of classical America.’
On the 50th anniversary of that great loss, The Eternal Space will pay tribute to the station and the gifted photographers who worked to immortalize it.
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