People who weren’t even born when Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963 burn with indignation. It’s a wound that won’t heal.
The case of London’s magnificent Euston Arch, which was torn down only a year before Penn Station’s fall, is equally galling. But in recent years a movement has developed to reconstruct its majestic Doric arch, spurred by the discovery of fragments of the sandstone structure in a river.
When Philip Hardwick designed Euston Station, part of a rail line to Birmingham, he included a remarkable feature. In an open area at the head of a driveway to the station, Hardwick built a 70-foot-high arch, completed in the late 1830s. In his 2012 book “Euston Station Through Time” (Amberley), John Christopher says it had “no practical function other than to proclaim that here was the future.”