American Experience

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

Season 26 Episode 5 | 51m 46s | Video has closed captioning.

Just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

Aired: 02/18/14

Expired: 02/17/17

Rating: NR

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