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October 28, 2013

Lights, Camera, Demolition: NYCíS Penn Station Recalled On Stage & In Pictures

NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 -- The producers of the stage play, The Eternal Space, announced today that they will offer a reading of selected scenes at the Architect’s Institute of America New York’s Center for Architecture as part of a program acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the city’s Pennsylvania Station, on Wednesday, November 6th. The evening will also honor unique photography of the demolition from some of the subject’s most noteworthy photographers. Following the reading, a panel discussion with topic experts will occur. The AIANY Historic Building Committee is co-organizing the event.

The Eternal Space dramatizes the conflicts between those who would replace our architectural legacy in the name of progress, and those whose frame of reference carries heavy intellectual baggage. Is reconciliation possible? Come hear the scintillating dialogue in a play that makes you think twice about what we take for granted," said Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIANY. “We invite architects, historians and urban enthusiasts to attend this unique event.”

The event will take place at the AIANY Center for Architecture’s in the Gerald D. Hines Gallery at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY, at 6:00 PM. The event is free with registration on All photos will be integrated into the reading and panel discussion by projection.

“The tragic destruction of McKim, Mead & White's magnificent Penn Station, which began fifty years ago, remains among the most compelling arguments for the cause of historic preservation in America,” said John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Historic Building Committee co-chair.

The Eternal Space is a two-man play that begins with a coincidental meeting in 1963, launching a three-year conversation about the value of old and new, as one man fights to keep the station standing while the other is instrumental in taking it down. Using original photography from the journalists who documented the station’s destruction and recreations of broadcast recordings as powerful backdrops to the story, The Eternal Space charts an unlikely friendship during the social and cultural upheavals of the mid-1960s.

“I am honored that The Eternal Space is being read at the AIANY. This event promises to be an engaging evening that any architect, photographer, theatergoer or historian is sure to enjoy, ” said The Eternal Space playwright Justin Rivers.

Event Summary: November 6, 2013, 6:00 PM
AIANY / Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012
FREE, Registration required
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