The enormous engineering feat and one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station was torn down after just 53 years.
Demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station — once a crown jewel of New York City architecture — began in October 1963.
The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the start of demolition of the original Penn Station. Today, there is much debate over the future of the current Penn Station.
The monumental building that was supposed to last forever was destroyed after 53 years.