Sunday, August 30, 2009
New York Penn Station once stood in the same spot where Madison Square Garden and Two Penn Plaza now stand in New York City-- the block between 31st and 33rd Streets bordered by 7th and 8th Avenues.
I am using SketchUp simply to understand the "ghost" of the building better. It is amazing to be able to piece together the demolished walls, the arches and columns, and the vast spaces and feel, definitely, as if I have some understanding of what it was to be in that place. A complement to still photography. But, I'm taking my time.
What's holding me back is the desire to be accurate. As I learn more, I realize what I have done up to now is often inaccurate. I have created and tossed out three generations of models so far. Another problem is, how to balance detail with file size (appearance vs. performance). I'd rather not break it up into pieces. But the actual building was vast-- covering two entire New York City blocks (32nd Street was "absorbed" and became the central axis to the building after the site was razed in the early 20th Century).
EDIT: Why is it called New York Pennsylvania Station? Well, back in the glory days, Pennsylvania Railroad was one of the powerhouses of rail. All along its lines, the stations were named very often "Pennsylvania Station." That is why there is a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Station, a Newark Pennsylvania Station, and a New York Pennsylvania Station (although all that remains of the last is its basement).