Now Arriving at Moynihan Train Hall

As travelers fill the new skylit concourse, we trace the history of the station that’s become an emblem of New York’s recovery.

Photo: Dave Burk © SOM | Empire State Development
McKim, Mead & White’s Pennsylvania Station in its early years, as seen from inside (left) and from the roof of a nearby building (right). Its use of natural light influenced the design team’s transformation of the Farley Post Office Building. Image sources unknown.

1910

1914

McKim, Mead & White’s Pennsylvania Station (left) and Farley Post Office (right). Image sources unknown.

1934

1963–1966

1965

1966

1968

1970s

1993

President Bill Clinton, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Governor George Pataki at a press unveiling (left) of SOM’s design for the Farley Post Office (right). Images © SOM

1998

1999

A sketch of the proposed train hall by David Childs and a rendering of a “media wall” that would have been inside. Images © SOM (left) and pixelbypixel (right)

2005

A rendering and a model of SOM’s updated concept for the renamed Moynihan Train Hall in 2006. Images © SOM

2006

2007

2010

2012

A rendering of SOM’s 2016 design update (left) and the completed West End concourse (right). Images © SOM (left) and © Magda Biernat (right)

2016

2017

2019

Photo: Dave Burk © SOM | Empire State Development

January 1, 2021

Photo: Dave Burk © SOM | Empire State Development

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