In 1963, the 1910 Pennsylvania Station, an architectural landmark designed by McKim, Mead & White, was demolished. The New York Times called it:
“a monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance.” The loss of Penn Station eventually led to the formation of a Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Well now it’s happening again. This time the New York Public Library is the victim. The building will remain but the interior of a beloved historic landmark will be desecrated.
Unless he is stopped, the end of history rests in the hands of this evil architect from the UK – Norman Foster.
Current vs Proposed Library
History dies but an insensitive architect lives on to claim another landmark.
Check out these articles which provide the full sad story.
- Undertaking its Destruction – by Ada Louise Huxtable
- After Criticism, Public Library Offers Peek at Renovation Plans
- Architectural Record article
UPDATE – GOOD NEWS!
Not only preservationists but people that care and respect history teamed up with a fight to save this landmark. Here is their website.
With law suites and protests abound it was budget cuts that created this miracle. There are really no heros except for the people that fought for what they believe. Norman Foster, the evil British architect still walked away with 9 million dollars. He has his money but America still has its landmark.
For those not familiar with this library, it is quite different from the library we all know. Books are stored under ground and retrieve upon request.