Finished in 1910 and surviving until 1963, Penn Station was Classical Revival architecture at its most monumental and expressive, designed by the leading Classical Revival firm.
The eagle sculpture from the building survives at a commuter stop on the Long Island Railroad.
A sad commentary on the state of railroads and civic pride in this country 50 years ago.
Henry Adams asked his friend Augustus Saint Gaudens, the most prominent American sculptor, to design a figure as a memorial to Adams’s late wife, Marion Hopper, known as Clover. She was an accomplished photographer. Another friend, architect Stanford White designed the classical base and rear panel. Henry Adams is also buried there, but no names appear.
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