Cameron on Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station. (Screen shot of YouTube video of Brian Lehrer Show)

Pennsylvania Station. (Screen shot of YouTube video of Brian Lehrer Show)

Brian Lehrer and Richard Cameron. (screenshot)

Brian Lehrer and Richard Cameron. (screenshot)

Richard Cameron, of the Brooklyn firm of Atelier & Co., went on Brian Lehrer’s TV interview show yesterday to discuss the great proposal to rebuild Penn Station. Lehrer leads Cameron through the thickets of how and why Penn Station can and should be rebuilt. The viewer gets to see lovely shots of the old station – designed by Charles Follen McKim, completed in 1910 and demolished in 1963. Having been without the station now for 52 years, we lose sight of how grand the station was, and it is a shock to hear that today’s Grand Central Station could, as Cameron put it, “fit comfortably, base to roof” into the Main Waiting Room of Penn Station. Where would Madison Square Garden go? Cameron tells us, and how much more convenient that would be. And how would such a project be financed? Cameron tells us that, too. This is doable, people! Let’s get to it!

The segment on Penn Station is the final of four on Lehrer’s show, and begins at 40:50 on the YouTube video of yesterday’s Brian Lehrer Show.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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