Demolished! 11 Beautiful Train Stations That Fell To The Wrecking Ball


From Infrastructurist:

In 1963, America learned a painful lesson when Pennsylvania Station, an architectural treasure that Senator Daniel Moynihan described as “the best thing in our city,” was torn down and replaced with a dreary complex that includes an office building and Madison Square Garden. The rail station, to this day the nation’s busiest, was moved underground into a claustrophobic warren of artificially lit passageways and bleak waiting rooms. While there has been an active campaign since the 1990’s to rectify the mistake by creating a new and worthy station a block away, the $1 billion-plus project remains tied up in political gridlock.

But the sad saga of Penn was by no means an isolated incident. Almost like a rite of passage, cities across the country embraced the era of Interstates, Big Macs, and suburban sprawl by tearing down their train depots.

(via Boing Boing)

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  1. One of the last remaining “great” railway stations is the Michigan Central in Detroit. Thousands of pictures can be found online (Flickr among others.)

    A skeleton of it’s former self, it stands in constant wait of it’s impending doom.

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