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New York's Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. The station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. No one could imagine that this architectural marvel built for the ages would be torn down a few decades later. Trace the brief life of New York's Penn Station, whose destruction spurred landmarks preservation.
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PBSAmerican Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD
 
4.6

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4.0

Penn Station as I remember it

By DJT the commuter

from Raleigh NC

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD:

This was a great show about the construction of Penn Station and how the tunnels under the rivers were constructed. I really admired the courage of the tunnel workers. What a shame that it was dismantled to build Madison Square Garden. I am glad they left the train stations. I commuted to the city from the north shore of Long Island and know Penn station very well. DJT

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4.0

Fine Chronicle of a Great Building

By john

from Maryland

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD:

This documentary is a fine history of what was perhaps the finest piece of public architecture created in the United States, and its destruction.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just love this dvd

By Boxcar

from Darby,Pa.

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD:

I just love this building. Design MC Kim, Mead and White. I will never forgot when I when to the N.Y. Worlds Fair in 1964 and got off the train and look up and saw the sky and when to a ticket window and asked the lady and said,Whats going on to this building and she said they are throwing it down. I cryed. I also build a model of Penn Station out of paper for my train layout. But my dog when to the bathroom on it. A great DVD to see. I burn a copy for me and gave this DVD to the Darby Library for others to see.

Richard Reynolds

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY

By Sunnie

from Fort Worth, Texs

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD:

This building has always fascinated me although all I've ever seen are pictures of it. This shows the construction and the finished product. It's an amazing thing to watch. Such a shame it's no longer around to be enjoyed by new generations.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very historical example & could be saved

By July

from Fort Worth TX

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station DVD:

I was ten years old as I walked with my parents. I would love to go back again and to observe the surroundings. Sad to allow to be destroyed.

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