The facade of the new Moynihan Train Hall inherits its stateliness from the James A. Farley Building, New York’s former main post office building. Competed in 1914 and extended again in 1935, it features the world’s biggest Corinthian colonnade.
The Pennsylvania Railroad unceremoniously demolished the original Penn Station in the early 1960s to cut costs and gain efficiency. The new underground Penn Station had lacked the pomp that typically accompanied gateways into world-class cities.
Located across the street from Penn Station, the Farley Building was a logical choice for reestablishing the grandeur and increased capacity that citizens craved.
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