The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station’s demise. [...] Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece [...] 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. — theeternalspaceplay.com
Architects, historians, and all urban enthusiasts are invited to a free evening event that will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the demolition of NYC's Pennsylvania Station on Nov. 6 at the AIA | NY Center for Architecture. Hosted by AIA | NY, the program will begin with a live reading of selected scenes from The Eternal Space, a two-man stage play set during the Penn Station's demolition, which began on Oct. 28, 1963.
The play presents a dialogue on the value of old vs. new, past vs. present, and all the timeless arguments that come with them that last to this day. The Eternal Space also points out the ongoing yet overlooked debate on the preservation of historic structures in New York and throughout the U.S. Never-published photography of the demolition from some of the subject's most notable photographers will provide the scenic backdrop for the staged reading.
The reading will be followed by a panel discussion — moderated by Curbed NY Senior Editor Hana Alberts — featuring noteworthy photographers, historians, preservations, and urbanists. Confirmed panelists include Norman McGrath (architectural photographer); James Stamp (architectural historian); Justin Rivers (playwright of The Eternal Space); and Lorraine Diehl (author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station). More panelists will be announced upon confirmation.
This one-night event is free to all, but registration is required. Click here to register.
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Photos ⓒ Norman McGrath, courtesy of AIA | NY.